I am convinced by the specs for Cubase, that a minimum of Intel i5 with recommended 8Gb is good enough, but I am planning to have a separate computer for cubase recording alone. Since, I am on a tight budget, I am looking for PC’s in ebay.
There are a large number of folks here who would strongly advise you to get a computer that is built to specifically do audio work. Those consumer oriented computers may have components that are fine for general work (email, browsing, spreadsheets, etc) but marginal for real-time audio processing. There are a couple of current threads on computer configuration advice that you should search for.
Not willing to make ads for the Apple, but from all what I have read in different muscician and home studio forums the Macs with M1 will do a decent job. Perhaps you can wait for more insights to the new silicon machines but in case of value for money you’d get something.
Maybe in the beginning of next year we will see what AMD is going to answer but on the other hand it is always the same with technology, you can wait eternaly to have the latest and greates. I’d not go for Intel based Macs though and also prefer AMD over intel on the PC side.
No I would recommend an Intel consumer processor rather than the Xeon for DAW use — mainly because that is what I found was the orthodox thought about it. The i7 I have works well for me. But maybe do your own research on that or get some other opinions.
Go for a Mac. Cubase is much more reliable with less issues on a Mac. The M1 computer is superb value for money / power. The new M1 just out looks to be a beast and once cubase is soon to be M1 native, it will be incredible. The new MacBook Pro macs have powered headphone ports making amps unnecessary. Also you have the choice of using Logic Pro for cheap if you ever have issues with cubase