This was in the early 90’s but I thought I would mention it. I bought a new Pentium 90 with a Stealth Diamond video card. At the time it was pretty high end. I had many troubles and crashes until I figured out that when my printer (an old LPT1 port printer) was conflicting with the video card. The point is that there are some subtle things that can sometimes cause problems (one disadvantage of the PC vs. the MAC). I would recommend trying to remove absolutely everything you can (peripherals, software, etc.) and test the system. If things work more smoothly, then add things one or a few at a time until the troubles return.
I do want to acknowledge that, when you say it is not your system and you are waiting for an update, that it could in fact be true. But, the odds are against it. Even if there is something wrong in the Cubase code that is causing a conflict or problem, it is a very isolated case with a specific bit of hardware or software or a specific configuration and, if Steinberg doesn’t already know about it, it is unlikely to be fixed in an update.
Kevin… I know it sucks and I know you are tired of hearing it but there HAS TO BE SOMETHING going on with the system or the interaction of the system with Cubase specifically.
Do you have a friend with a Windows machine that would let you install the basic Cubase with your audio interface on their computer?
I can’t remember for sure which OS you were using but I seem to think you were waiting to upgrade to Windows 10. Perhaps, it might be worth a try? It is a reversible process.
Do you know anyone with a different audio interface you could try out? Because audio drivers work at the system level, it would be a good thing to rule out.
Lastly, and this is fairly advanced, but I noticed you had a Radeon video card. Your mother board most likely had built in graphics that are perfectly capable of running Cubase. If you can have someone disable or remove that video card and see how things go without it.
Your new computer may have come with some free software. I think you got it custom built for audio and hopefully they didn’t put any bloatware on it but maybe something there is causing a problem. Just as an example, my laptop has software that “detects” if the laptop is actually on your lap (by motion, I suppose) and activates a “cooler” power profile for that situation. In my opinion, stuff like that can be done without (doesn’t seem to cause conflicts in my case though). Or, as another example, a program that detects the laptop falling and protects the hard drive from damage, which wouldn’t be very useful on a desktop, for example.
Anyway, I have rambled on enough. I really hope you get it figured out.