Hi there, It seems my old system is dying out on me so it's time for a new one. Technically it's gone kaput in the middle of a big project with fast approaching deadlines so I've had to get up to speed pretty quickly on things. I was wondering if you guys might have some advice. Here are my goals with getting a new system: - 2 x Duo Core and up - must have no problem running Cubase 4, Kontakt 3, ProTools8 - has room to grow - i.e. space for additional RAM and HDs. - all the other regular recording requirements: i.e. quiet, etc. Many people have been trying to convince me to go for a Mac (I've been in the PC world for awhile now mainly for financial reasons), but as far as I can tell the only system they have that fits my requirements would be the MacPro 8 core, which seems like overkill to me in that a lot of that power won't even be used by my software, and also that it would cost around $3300 canadian... and that's for a barebones system with only 2gig of ram. Although I'm tempted to get a Mac I'm thinking it might be smarter to do what I've always done and get a shop to build a PC for me. But this is my first time building a 'proper' audio computer. I read through the recent laptop thread and took some notes. I guess my main question is: what do you guys think about this whole i7 processor/DDR3 thing? I know it's a smarter route to go if I want it to be easily upgradable in the future, but will it mess things up with my soundcard (firebox) and apps? Am I better to stick with 32 bit? Even the 8 core Macs aren't at 64 bit yet. Another thought is a custom made music system. You pay a bit more for the 'custom' part but might be worth it. This is the one I've been looking at: http://www.musicxpc.com/c6x.asp Thanks for any advice you might have, sorry if there's already a thread about this... couldn't find one.