Best PC for Pro Tools



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I am going to be setting up a home audio recording studio and will be running pro tools through an mbox2. I have been looking for a cheap computer on but I am not sure what specs I should be looking for specificly.

These are the specs that digidesign has set up for the mbox and protools. I need Help figuring out what budget PC matches up with these.

Analog Inputs — 2
Separate source selection and gain control per channel
Mic: XLR with 48V phantom power
Mic preamp: >120 db EIN @ > 50 dB gain
Line: 1/4"
DI: 1/4"
Maximum Input: 8.7 V RMS (balanced), or +21 dBu

Analog Line Outputs — 2
Maximum Output: +4 dBV into 1 kohm
Unbalanced output connectors

Headphone Output
Separate volume control—1/4" output
> 6 mW into 50 ohm

Digital I/O
S/PDIF I/O (24-bit)
RCA jacks

24-bit clean to/from the computer
USB type B socket (v. 1.1); cable included (does not support passive USB hubs)

Dimensions — measured with Mbox 2 in horizontal (handle-down) configuration
Height, box: 4.9cm; with handle: 7.7cm; with handle cover: 5.6cm
Width: 22.4cm
Depth: 18.4cm (includes knobs)
Weight: 1.23 kg.

Sample Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz
Dynamic Range: 106 dB (A-weighted), 103 dB (unweighted)1,2
THD+N (line input): 0.00079% (-102 dB) @ 1 kHz1,3
THD+N @ 40 dB gain (mic input): 0.006% (-84 dB) @ 1 kHz1
Mic EIN (unweighted): -120 dB @ 40 dB gain, 150 ohm source
Frequency Response: +0/-0.5 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz3
Maximum Input: +21 dBu
Input Impedance (pad off): Mic=3.5 kOhm; Line=10 kOhm; DI= >1 MOhm

Sample Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz
Dynamic Range: 106 dB (A-weighted), 103 dB (unweighted)1,4
THD+N: 0.003% (-90.4 dB); -1 dBFS @ 1 kHz1,3
Frequency Response: +/-0.5 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz3