Intel Core i7 930
4GB RAM (FAST)
1TB HDD (MECHANICAL)
M AUDIO Delta 10/10 LT SOUNDCARD
Just want to say that I upgraded recently from a core2duo system with a clock speed speed of like 2.1GHZ or something running cubase sx3 32bit and now have the i7 930 running on Cubase 5 64bit. To be honest there isn't that much of a difference, it's a little faster but nothing to get too excited about. All those people claiming to be running 20 high power vst instruments simultaneously because of their i7 processor aren't really speaking the truth. If you have a core2duo system with a powerfull soundcard you will get better performance than an i7 running a more average soundcard. It's a shame that graphics cards have been advanced so much in the past decade or so whereas sound cards seem to have stagnated, if you want a powerfull sound card think £1000+ whereas more advanced technology in the form of GPU's running several pipelines of parrallel processing at ridiculously fast speeds packed full of RAM can be picked up for £100-£200. The sound card is more important than the processor with all other things being equal.
-If it's not broke, don't fix it!