I currently have a Dell Ispirion with an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600@ GHz and 4GB of memory running Windows 7 Pro 64bit and Cubase 5.5. I’m not really experiencing any real performance issues but then again I’m using outboard effects processing (GMajor and 11 Rack) and use mainly the Cubase reverb and delay plugins. If I start to add layers of Virtual Instruments or plugins then things start going south. So, I’m looking at upgrading the PC to help with this issue along with being able to use native plugins (specifically Paz Analyer and other Waves plugins)without performance issues or ASIO drop outs. I have found a pretty decent Dell XPS with an i5 2300 with 6GB of memory and wanted advice on if this would be a good choice for an upgrade or should I go bigger? As it is now, I could continue using the computer I have and restrict myself to using limited plugins or just bus the audio to outboard procs and route that into a separate audio track but it just seems so much easier to use plugins and manipulate the sound on the computer. Plus as much as I work on different projects, having the plugin in the project itself is so much easier than having to dial back in outboard gear. One thing that takes a lot of my time is getting an idea, dialing in a good sound with the outboard gear than having to save it as a preset and setting everything up next time I want to work on that project. Make sense?