Thanks for your answers. I am using generally a digital audio system, so it should be fine from that side.
I am not thinking of a big computer. The smaller the better. For the overall budget i dont have an idea in mind yet. My old one was just about 1000 dollars all in all if i remember correctly. Anyway if it is getting less i would not feel bad about it
Are there generally differences of the audio quality? That means: is worth to spend more on a motherboard with a better chip? So far if i look for PCs or components in that context i dont find much selection. Are there recommendations where i can look for information?
A couple of months ago I decided to build a NAS which could double up as a replacement computer in case anything went wrong with my main one and I needed some time to fix it.
I went with:
Chassis: CoolerMaster HAF XM £80
CPU, Mobo, RAM (a combo offer): AMD A8-5600K, ASUS F2 A55-M LK, 8 GB Patriot Viper RAM £138
Corsair Neutron 120 GB SSD £72
Pioneer DVD RW £14
5.25" dashboard with two USB3 ports, external SATA connector, fan controller and multi card reader £21
PCI four port SATA controller £12 (for the DVD drive and in case I want to put in a SATA to eSATA adapter)
Corsair AX850 PSU £105 (in case the one in my main machine ever goes south and I need to RMA)
A couple of weeks ago I added a Seagate ST4000DM000 HDD.15 4 TB HD £129
All in all it came to £571 ($886). All prices include the postage and taxes.
I looked at the price of NAS enclosures and good ones with even a modicum of expandability and able to address 4 TB hard drives start at £750 ($1125) for an empty four drive one. I thought I could do better for less money and I think I have.
Over the next couple of years or so I will be filling up the case with hard drives and I can fit in a total of 10 of those.
Why do I need the space? I do a lot of PC builds and one thing I do when the computer I have built is installed and configured with all the drivers, etc. is to make a complete backup of it which I then store on my machine twice (in two different locations).
This was my first ever personal build with an AMD processor and I have to say that I am very surprised at and happy with both the sound and the onboard graphics aside from the CPU performance which is more than adequate. The system runs pretty close to silent.
Now there is a lot of fat you can cut off the configuration I have described above and come in a hell of a lot cheaper.
After having used the system for a couple of months now I have learned to curb my disdain for CPUs with an integrated GPU as far as AMD is concerned.
CoolerMaster HAF X, i7-990x, Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, 24GB Corsair XMS, Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X, Corsair Neutron 128GB, 3*Seagate HD (3TB), Seagate HD (1.5TB), Hitachi HD (2TB), Plextor DVD + BluRay, StorageWorks DAT 72, 29160 SCSI Adapter, Corsair H80