My current system (quad-core Q6600) is acceptable for now. On very heavily loaded projcts with plugins with oversampling turned on, I get ASIO overloads. And I have to run my ProFire 2626 at a pretty high latency (500-1000 samples for 44.1kHz/32bit). And I’m very happy with the machine, a Pavilion Elite.
But I’m drooling over a new hex-core i7, because I’ve heard i7s are night-and-day improvements over anything before them for DAWs. I dream of a day I can run at sub-100 sample latency and load my project up without a care in the world. But the prices seem rather extreme now.
Anybody found deals on these PCs? i7 980x desktops here in the US seem to cost about $2,000.