I recently built my own rig (summer 2010), the build was easy, making sure you have compatable components is key. I use Win 7 64bit with 64 bit Cubase afixed with Yamaha N12. It took me twice as long to get the drivers operational for the 64bt software, than it did to build my own rig. If I were to look at my rig as a DAW and Sfotware objectivly I would say that the building of the PC was easy, Cubase really was a pain and I would potentially consider other software before automatically opting for C5 as I did (I was upgrading from Cubase SX).
I have run duel monitor with my set up without any issues. So far I have not had any memory issues either. My projects ae fairly plug in intensive.
Edit - (Following passage and the information within has been copied from a forum post on gearslutz however I performed these Bios changes and it really helped).
EIST(desktop) dynamically increase/decrease its clock speed between its minimum clock and its normal operating frequency, as well as voltage, in order to optimize for power consumption.
in other words a performance reduction while using the system, the system may feel you don’t need full power. drats just heard a drop out.
C1E Halt: while similar reduces Clock speed by adjusting the multiplier (Core clock to system bus ratio) and to some degree VID. (voltage) this is a more common occurrence with light use
or on today case of Multicore shutting down a core or 2.
C3, C6. This is a deeper sleep with a complete core(s) shut down (Gate off) and no voltage/Data at all. harder to recover from quickly, previous data is cached elsewhere and needs to be re-cached in L3 memory
to re initialize full muliticore, multithread use. Part of Core parking
Turbo boost looks like a great thing and it is for many applications. Bear in mind 1366 Processors’ cant Turbo up past stated speed with all 4 core active like the 1156 can.
However its really moot. The issue with Turbo is while it may be clocking up 1 or 2 cores it can also set 1-2 cores into C3, C6 state.
Its that time it takes to go from C3, C6 to active when running at low latency heavy project that will be trouble.
Edit - Prices are July 2010 and not reflective of todays prices.
Here are my specs.
- Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 1.0) - motherboard - ATX - iX58 - LGA1366 Socket £210.52
- Processor - BX80601930 - Intel Core i7 930 D0 SLBKP Bloomfield 45nm, 2.8 GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, 8MB Cache, 20x Ratio, 130W, Retail £216.40
- RAM - TR3X6G1600C9 - 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3, DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600) Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.65V - £122.34 Inc VAT
- Graphics Card - 1GB Sapphire HD 5850 Toxic, PCI-E 2.1, 4500MHz GDDR5, GPU 765MHz, 1440 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ DP/ HDMI - £264.35 Inc VAT
- Hard Drive - 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM x2 @ £46.93 Inc VAT
- DVD/CD Drive - Sony AD-7241S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 ,12xRAM SATA, Black, Lightscribe, OEM - £17.50 Inc VAT
- Power Supply Unit - BN123 - 680W Be Quiet Straight Power Quad Rail 80 PLUS bronze 88%eff 4x PCIe £99.04 Inc Vat
- Case - NZXT Whisper, Black Full Tower Silent Case, w/o PSU - £99.46 Inc VAT
- OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Single, - OEM £75.28 Inc VAT
- CPU Cooling - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B CPU Cooler £42.26 inc. VAT
- Fan - 120mm Akasa Apache Black Ultra Silent Fan HDB bearing PWM fan w/4 pin connector & Rubber Pins - £11.63 Inc VAT