I am building a system that will be mainly, but not exclusively, for recording (several live instrument tracks, several plug-ins and a few virtual instruments), and also for some small scale home video editing, basic Microsoft Office tasks, and general web stuff. I don’t want to break the bank, but I want a powerful and snappy system that will get the job done for several years to come, before needing to be upgraded.
I’m considering the i5 2500 and the i7 2600. Is it worth the extra $100 for an i7 2600 over an i5 2500 for a Cubase 6/Win 7 recording system? I see the i5 doesn’t support multithreading, is that a major consideration, or might it be in the near future?
Are the Sandy Bridge issues still a consideration, or have they been worked out?