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
Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gbps
Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Crucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0 16GB 240-Pin DIMM DDR3 1600, PC3 12800, Desktop Memory
Samsung EVo
Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB
Corsair RM Series 450-Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply CP-9020066-NA


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

multimix 8
Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX


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

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