I spent some time over the last several weeks putting in an upgraded PC for the Studio.  I had been running a home build Intel Core i3 530 / 8GB RAM / 120GB SSD that was getting a little long in the tooth for what I was doing with it.  Besides daily use, the studio pc does all the edits, both audio and video for the several podcasts that I do weekly.  A one hour video podcast was taking up to 3 hours to render in 1080p with the older box.  With the new setup, I can render that same file in less than 30 minutes.  A worth while investment.

I also installed Windows 8.1 Update on it.  The more Microsoft changes Windows 8, the more it is looking like Windows 7 again.  It has been working well for me.

Here is the parts list:

Jim’s New Studio Build

Cooler Master HAF XB
Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (HAF XB Rev. 2) – High Air Flow Cube Style ATX Computer Case with Removable Drive Cages and Dual 120mm XtraFlo Fans
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FB45WPI?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00FB45WPI&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1
vuugo-gigabyte-GA-Z87-HD3-2-600x600
Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gbps
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D94X6AK?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00D94X6AK&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1
Corei7
Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO8TBNS?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00CO8TBNS&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1
memory
Crucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0 16GB 240-Pin DIMM DDR3 1600, PC3 12800, Desktop Memory
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006YG9C6C?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B006YG9C6C&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1
Samsung EVo
Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W1726?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00E3W1726&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1
PSU
Corsair RM Series 450-Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply CP-9020066-NA
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EB7ULNO?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00EB7ULNO&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&psc=1

 

Some of you have also asked about the mixer that I use for podcasting.  Here it is:

multimix 8
Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00404E7VK?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00404E7VK&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&qid=1402752550&sr=8-1&keywords=alesis+multimix+8+usb

Let me know if you have any questions.  jim@theaverageguy.tv

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