Building a DAW. What are the most powerful, valued components to each? I have an M-audio delta 1010 LT, it does what I want. I run Protools 7.4 I've trained on 8. it's okay.. im not looking to spend money to upgrade yet. But computer wise, would processor speed make it valuable as a DAW? the only conspriacy revolving around that are the myths of these multicore processors... they aren't that much more powerful. to some extent yes. but combining a four core system to around 900mhz a core to add up to one core max 3.6 Ghz. Then turning to a dual core with two individual per core 1.8 Ghz processors actually performs better because its two faster CPU's. instead of four 900mhz CPU's. My only concern is I have a dual core.. Im pretty certain I can hold onto it because it does infact perform pretty ^#$%ing awesome. I have a Dual core AMD X2 2.8 GHz Processor, and I record at 96kHz 24 bit, as long as I want with about 16 plug-ins on the whole song before chop. And considering thats around a compressor a track for 16 tracks, or 8 compressors and 8 EQ's (yeah I can do math haha) but anyway, its not bad for what I need it to do, BUT I need MORE!!!()_#_(@!!!!.. But what about Memory? I run on about 3 Gb of super fast ram.. Do you think an upgrade would give me some more room? if not, What is the most important thing I could look into buying on a budget, just to expand this thing. I run windows, Mac's are ehh. I'm a New England School of Communications student... and i'd rather do cheaper than a tricked out mac..