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What Desktop-PC is a good choice for music production in 2020?

What Desktop-PC is a good choice for music production in 2020

What Desktop-PC is a good choice for music production in 2020?

If you are certain that you won’t need the mobility of a laptop you really can’t do anything wrong choosing a Desktop-PC. They are in many cases more powerful and often times way cheaper than a laptop with similar specs. Of course, a Desktop-PC is clunky and needs way more space. Also, you will need a desk to set it up, a monitor and a keyboard, as well as a mouse.

If you are still not sure what setup is the right one for you, you can check out my post “Laptop vs PC for music production”.

Comparing Desktop-PC prices can be quite challenging, as every model is slightly different. I hope that the following article will help you with your choices.

What exactly are we looking for in a music production Desktop-PC in 2020?

Memory

VST plug-ins often need a ton of RAM, especially when they are sample-based. Most VSTs have the audacity to list 4 GB of RAM as a minimum system-requirement. This may be the case if you are running a single instrument in a project – which you won’t.

I recommend getting at least 16 GB of RAM but the more the better.

Processor

In this section, you should go for an Intel processor as the obvious choice. Anything upwards of an i5 multicore is fine really.

As for GHZ we are aiming for something above 4K.

Storage

You can never have enough hard-drive space. What seems plenty, in the beginning, will most definitely some months forward come down to “damn, I really need to delete some sample-packs.”

1-2 TB hard-drives are nothing special anymore, but at the same time filesizes keep on growing. Get as big of an SSD as your budget will allow and ad on more external space as you continue to grow your sound library and number of VSTs.

Choosing between a Mac and a Windows-PC really comes down to what you are used to. Both systems have their pros and cons, as Mac seems to run a bit more stable but has limited upgradeability. Also, Macs are way more expensive for the same specs.

I also wrote a complete post on whether you should go for a laptop or a Desktop-PC for music production if you are still undecided.

But now, without further ado, here is our selection for the best Desktop-PC for music production in 2020 and beyond. As with all posts in this blog, I will keep them updated regularly.

Desktop-PCs for music production

– Dell XPS 8930

The Dell XPS series is a great series for laptop- as well as desktop users.

If you are looking for a sturdy workhorse that will get the job done without any big buzz then look no further, even though the SSD could be bigger.

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i7
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 256 GB SSD and 2 TB SATA HDD

 

– Dell Inspiron

The Dell Inspiron looks really outstanding and is well equipped with fast DDR4 RAM. Also, this is one of the few models featured with an AMD Ryzen processor instead of an Intel. Sadly there is no SSD hard-drive.

Specs:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 1 TB SATA HDD

– HP Pavillon

The HP Pavillon features a hexa-core processor 32 GB RAM and massive amounts of storage. If you are looking to get the absolute most out of your money then this desktop-pc is the one for you.

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i5
  • RAM: 32 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 1 TB SSD and 2 TB SATA HDD

– Skytech Shiva

With a price of just below $1000, the Skytech Shiva is a really good choice for every budget. If you are looking for a setup that’s as stylish as efficient, you can safely go for the Skytech Shiva.

Specs:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 500 GB SSD

– Alienware Aurora

Alienware has been synonymous with outstanding quality products in the last few years. The look and feel of Alienware systems are really one of a kind. The specs speak for them selfs.

Specs:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 512 GB SSD and 1 TB SATA HDD

All in One PCs for music production

– Apple iMac

The computer which pretty much started the all-in-one wave. If you are a fan of Apple products this should be your choice. There are many models and specs to choose from, depending on your budget. Of course, if you are planning to use Logic Pro as your DAW this leaves you no choice but to go for Apple.

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard-Drive: 512 GB SSD
  • Display: 27″ 5K Retina Display

Apple iMac Pro

The other all-in-one choice for Apple (and Logic Pro) users. There really is nothing this beast of a machine can’t do (it even empties your pockets). If you have the budget – go for the iMac Pro and you will be set for years.

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Xeon W
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • Hard-Drive: 1 TB SSD
  • Display: 27″ 5K Retina Display

– Microsoft Surface Studio 2

 

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i7
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR5
  • Hard-Drive: 1 TB SATA
  • Display: 28″ PixelSense Touchscreen Display

– HP Envy All in one

 

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i7
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Hard-Drive: 256 GB SSD and 1 TB SATA
  • Display: 27″ Widescreen UHD Touchscreen Display

– Dell Inspiron AIO

 

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i7
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 512 GB SSD and 1 TB SATA
  • Display: 27″ FHD Touchscreen Display

– Acer Aspire All in one

 

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel i5
  • RAM: 12 GB DDR4
  • Hard-Drive: 12 GB SSD
  • Display: 24″ FHD Display

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