- Jul 8, 2013
- GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
- Intel Core i5 3570K
- HD 4000
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
aisforandrew's Pro Tools Build: Core i5 3570K | GA-Z77X-UP5 TH | 8GB | HD 4000Components
Intel Core i5 3570K Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 Memory
SanDisk Extreme 120GB Solid State Disk
Corsair TX650M 650W Semi-Modular Power Supply
Corsair 300R Case
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI Express Wireless Card
Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple 20" Cinema Display (Discontinued)
Apple Wired Keyboard
Kensington Expert Mouse
Glyph GT050Q 1TB External Hard Drive (for Pro Tools projects)
This computer was built out of the need for a stable and upgradable Pro Tools system and a desire to build my very first computer. I have achieved both of my goals and I am very happy with the results.
The build was inspired by BoomR's recording rig which you can peek at here. It was an invaluable resource for choice of parts, BIOS and Multibeast settings and other troubleshooting tweaks.
I followed the guide for installing 10.8 to the letter. It went almost flawlessly save for two minor problems and one itty bitty one:
1) The BIOS did not get along with my monitor (Apple Cinema Display plugged in via DVI). Switched to an HP monitor hooked up via VGA and we were back to business. The Apple display works fine now, but still scrambles the crap out of the BIOS screen whenever I enter it. Whatever.
2) Once I rebooted from the USB the last time to finish installing OS X, the installer would hang and never finish. I restarted it several times to no avail. Booting with -x helped me reach the end of the installer and complete installation. I realize I was probably supposed to get rid of any offending kexts not letting the system boot properly but everything is working as it should, including power management.
3) USB devices such as my keyboard and mouse would cease to work after waking the computer from sleep. This drove me NUTS, as unplugging them and then plugging them back in would make them work again but only until putting the system to sleep would render them useless upon waking. The Repair Disk Permissions option in Disk Utility fixed this.
I'm am currently running Pro Tools 10.3.5 with a Digidesign 002r. As I didn't buy a Firewire card to install into the system, I thought I'd take advantage of one of the Thunderbolt ports and buy a TB to Firewire adapter. Downloaded the Mountain Lion drivers for my 002 and it all works as it should. I ran a Dverb test and got a score of 380 plugins @ 1024 in the H/W buffer. I feel like it could be a little more, but I suppose I shouldn't complain considering my last MacBook Pro (early 2011) could only handle about 20 before falling over.
That's all folks!