Are you ready to build a powerful PC to meet your music production needs? While some people might tell you purchase a Macbook Pro, many will argue a computer provides better value. You’re essentially unlimited in choosing components and customizing the device.

We’ve put together 3 different computer builds at different price points that we feel meet the requirements for electronic music production. They do not include Windows 10, your DAW software or peripherals¬†like keyboard, mouse and screen.

As reference points, we will look at the requirements of popular DAW software Ableton Live 10 and Cubase 9.5, which both require at least an Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM (8GB RAM recommended), and Windows 10.

For Windows 10, head to eBay and purchase a license key from a seller. They often go for way less than retail – often between $10 to $20 for a license key (vs $100+)

What all these builds do feature – quality components, best bang-for-buck, fast storage and a fully modular power supply for convenience. They should exceed the minimum of any DAW you use.

Beginner Audio Production Build (under $650)

This beginner build is the perfect solution for students and people who are just looking for an introduction into the world of music production. It”s a capable device that will be able to do most things. It’s got audio editing capabilities and fast, big storage for holding your projects. There’s also room to upgrade components down the line.

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $158.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $134.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.50 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 100R Silent ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Amazon
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Modular ATX PSU $74.20 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $656.61

Home Pro Production Build (around $1500)

This Home Pro build is intended for being a fast at-home professional studio PC. It’s got fantastic performance thanks to the i7-8700K processor, plenty of expansion slots and more. We’re using an older 860 Evo SSD, but it’s still one of the fastest drives. The case has also been upgraded to a full tower.

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $369.98 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Cooler $29.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $289.47 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING $285.41 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 750D Airflow Edition ATX Full Tower Case $159.99 @ Amazon
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850W 80+ Gold Certified Modular ATX PSU $99.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1537.80

The Gold Audio Workstation Build (around $3000)

If you’ve got an extra bit of dough lying around or take your music production career seriously, this build will be able to do just about anything you ask it to. It’s a high-performance, professional build that will rival even some of the most expensive Mac builds. The¬†AMD TR 2950X is currently the best CPU on the market. It’s also got the latest technologies like M.2 SSD, watercooling, a modular Power Supply Unit and more.

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Threadripper 2950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor $899.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X399 Taichi ATX TR4 Motherboard $431.24 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $625.88 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $147.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition $429.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case $189.16 @ Amazon
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA G3 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Modular ATX PSU $132.28 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3011.51

In conclusion, these three builds are just something to work from at different price points. They might not be ideal for your particular needs. There are a bunch of components that can be modified in these builds.