I am an avid Cubase user looking to build a powerful computer just to run Cubase 7 x64 (and obviously all my sample libraries and soft synths). I want to continue sticking to PC just because I am so used to it and have a few options for building a powerful tower but wanted to know if I was missing anything. Currently my projects are between 250 and 280 tracks in total with loads of VST/i’s opened at a time and I am getting CPU/disk cache overloads and everything in between.
My question is this: when choosing a processor, would it be wiser for me to build a tower with two Intel Xeon E5 chips (each 8 cores, totaling 16) or just get one of the Intel Xeon E7 chips (just 10 cores)? The reason I ask is because the newer E7 models are obviously more powerful. I understand I don’t need to be going to these lengths and yes, there are ‘cheaper’ options and, yes, I know Macs exist but I have made up my mind and I’m either going the 2x Intel Xeon Octo-core route or the 1x Intel Xeon E7 Deca-core route. Any ideas?
As for RAM, I’m obviously going 32GB and for HD space I’m thinking 512GB SSD for Cubase 7 x64 and corresponding plugins alongside multiple hard disks (7200rpm) dedicated for read/write sessions & sample libraries.
Any advice would be very helpful!