New Dedicated Music PC Build

Yesterday I took the plunge in ordering a brand new bespoke PC from I purchased my current one from them a number of years ago and it is slowly dying on me. One of the current issues are some of the USB ports on the main motherboard have become faulty. One minute a device is connected the next my computer cannot see it.

So what did I order, please keep in mind it took me a long time to save up for this one. Behind my acoustic upright, this is the most I have spent on music gear in one go.

Asus PRIME Z390-A Motherboard
Intel i9 9900k (custom overclocked by Scan)
64GB Ram (Crucial DDR4 2666mhz)
Samsung 1TB 970 EVO Plus boot drive
Intel 2TB 660P M.2 Sample Drive
Samsung 1TB 970 EVO Project Drive
Thunderbolt EX 3 Card
be Quiet Dark Rock PRO4 Cooler
650 be Quiet Power Supply

This will all be housed in a be Quiet Silent Base 601 Ora, which is a lovely slim tower that has orange highlights.

I have also picked up a Cubase PC Backlit Astra keyboard from This comes with 2 USB ports so you can plug in pendrives quite easily without bending down to the tower.

It should be here by the end of the week and I will post some pictures when it is up and running. Feel free to ask questions about the build and I will get back to you.


Nice! I considered ordering something like that, but ended up building my own. (As usual.) Not entirely dissimilar in spec from yours; I also have a ludicrously fast system M.2, some 970 SSDs, 64GB RAM, and an i9, though I went with the 7940X, which I fix at 4 GHz on all cores when running Cubase and the like. Definitely worth it!

This i9 can do 4.4 or so without much tweaking (beyond that requires delidding), but I couldn’t be bothered building the necessary cooling for those extra 10%. (It already burns some 250 W on full load at 4 GHz.) I’m already at the point of pretty much having to do something stupid to overload the machine. :slight_smile:

That’s good to hear David. With Brexit round the corner this machine will have to last me some years before the market in the UK settles down. I can see prices going through the roof with manufacturers blaming Brexit. :laughing: