I didn’t realise the UAD Apollo doesn’t support Windows (Yet) that’s brutal
Anyway as far as a PC setup goes, I self build so things have probably changed since I built mine, basic spec in sig. But I used top rated components and it’s very quiet, powerful and reliable but took a lot of research to get it right.
technically the imac with the 3.4GHz i7 would be as fast as the Mac Pro 6 core 3.33GHz. very neck and neck.
ideally you find a refurb 2.8GHz mac Pro and swap out the processor to the 3.33GHz yourself. (i dont like imacs at all) the mac Pro will give you more room to grow.
Apple has not refreshed their line in yrs. a single 6 core windows system would blow away the Apples and for less money…
as mentioned Cubase runs better on windows (as does all cross platform software)
so i fail to see why you would buy an Apple.
for the Apollo? wait for windows drivers… plus i would question the apollo purchase.
i love UA products but i am not so hot on this one… just like i dont recommend a mixer/interface or an interface/contrl surface, i dont recommend an interface/DSP combo…
Well, I have a hex-core 2012 Mac Pro and I can’t come close to using all it’s power yet. Stays nice and quiet (and cool). 40+ audio tracks and a few VSTi barely registers on ONE of six cores!!
However, if you’re getting an Apollo, you won’t be able to connect it via Thunderbolt to a Mac Pro. (For UA plugs, I got a UAD Duo card and use a separate audio interface.) However, you can get a dedicated Firewire PCI card for the Apollo so it has it’s own Firewire bus on the Mac Pro.
Anyway, there’s more to purchasing a computer than one item. Look at your needs and then see which model best works for your situation. (for example, if you use a lot of big VSTi, will the iMac’s 8 GB RAM be enough? Will that machine end up running hot all day long? Or would a Mac Pro be overkill for your production an iMac be more cost-effective?)