Fizbin is talking sence…at least try a decent card/interface for your pc before you buy the mac…
As for pc’s and using them as a daw they can be just as good as a mac.all comes down to spec and how much your prepared to spend.
lots of people record on quite simple pc’s quite smoothly its just a case of setting it up for audio correctly and via the web the info is out their for everyone.
I had cubse sx3 running on xp a shuttle with a pentium 4 one gig of ram and onboard graphics for 5 years recorded basic tracks ezdrummer,bass guitar,acoustics,electric guitars,synth’s
along with with two firewire hardware devices connected tcpowercore and an old edirol fa66 it handled plenty of vst’s groups,audio tracks and effects…good little home project putter.
Somewhere in your post’s you mention your new to Daw’s and pc recording
Do some reading the internet is full of helpfull info on how to set up a pc with whatever os you have on it.if your going to be using a pc to record on you should know how to set it up correctly and learn as much as you can about them.
Just last November I built a new pc for recording only problem with building my own putter i picked the wrong mother board so after changing that…installed windows and drivers and updates ect I put on cubase 6 and fired it up…wasn’t great!
it wasn’t a problem because I knew after I had configured windows 7 for audio turned off unwanted anti virus and set my own personal services installed my pro 40 and its drivers it would make the difference…and difference it was I hammered it with plugins recorded plenty of audio and put stupid amounts of stereo verbs/fx on and vst instuments it just took it in its stride.
The point is this…dont expect to just put cubase on a pc no matter how good it is…with no decent audio card/interface your going to have problems…get it set up correctly windows tweeks services you dont need off and all the uptodate drivers for your main board and all your hardware should be installed.ditch your cubase prefs and get your windows running sweet with a nice new audio card and it should be much better…
if it were me i would want to do a fresh install of cubase just incase.
you can use a program removal tool revos good the demo works fine! you would be suprised whats left behind with the standard uninstall.
macs are great!! they are indeed industry standard i would love one but my pc works great and if something goes wrong with it i would not be afraid to get the screwdriver out and repair it…they are quite cheep to get parts depending what you want. and in my opinion easy to fix…i would be scared of an imac breaking if i had one end of the day its a screen!
if your looking to spend 300 on your audio card get it before you buy the two year old imac at least try out what i have sugested with your pc.
by the way the pc…unless i missed it you havent put down the spec for it?
i think i know what you going to say you wont have to do any of the messing around with the imac…fair do’s
whatever you decide hope it works out and you can get back to the music instead of problem solving
best of luck