A friend of mine would like to me to help him put together a DAW system for around $4000. (His total budget for the first year is $5000, but we're aiming for $4K in case he wants to add another computer).
He needs: a computer, sound card/interface, sequencer and samples/VIs. He needs to be capable of producing decent but not broadcast-quality orchestral mockups (his partner is GS3/VSL equipped), as well as a palette of electronic/synthetic sounds.
I have a basic idea of what to recommend, but I'd like to hear your visions as well.