Rich …I highly recommend Scott TK here on the forum, I would say he’s your go to guy, If you in the United States regrading PC workstation Builds. I can assue you , each hardware component has a knock on effect, and you could be getting yourself in too a lot of expensive trouble, without a happy outcome, If you dont progress correctly.
Main consensus. Ill try & put it simple. Buy as BIG a Tower as you possible can, (for example a minium of 5 expansions bays or more… or a Rackmount case if you need mobility. Stick with Intel i7 processors (2600k if I recall can be overclocked easily & safely, IF you couple you build with water cooling or similiar, as heat build up is your enemy. along with a couple of decent air flow fans to get rid of the heat in the case.
ALSO, and Im old skool , but have a shufty at a decent SCSI Controller card (Adaptec) and a few 10,000/15,000 rpm drives, as these are very cheap to what they once were…as opposed to the common consensus of SSD…I compare SSD to SCSI with regards to sample delivery hard drive wise (same size, but SCSI is a HELL of a lot cheaper to fill your Drive bays up with, when using one controller card (again compatability here is key,and this is just me voicing an opinion from years of using SCSI for sample Libraries…10,000rpm 300gb W/D scsi - 100$ …same ssd is about 500$ so doin the maths,SCSI is a no brainer in my book for sample delivery.
Mother boards (Asus/Gigabyte are the way to go, for stability/features,…models suited (MINEFIELD) choose Wisely Obiwan…( I suggest you go to DAW builders on the net,and see what they are using.
Ram…when you purchase your M/B look a the QVL list for recommended Ram manufacturers (100% please use a recommended Ram producer for your specific M/B
Firewire (either built in on the motherboard, OR a pci card…should be a Texas Instruments chip port. nOT a Via chipset for firewire,
I have to scoot out of th estudio just now…but will add more later…as will many more I think .
I cant recall his moniker on here at the moment, but someone will chime in soon Im sure.