I am planning to upgrade my DAW to and X58 based system with either the 930 or the 980X, 12Gb RAM, W7 64 bit and a full 64 bit Cubase installation using Omnisphere, RMX, Trillian, Superior Drummer, Kontakt 4 and use jBridge for Altiverb and Waves SSL. It feels like the 64 bit environment for the work I do is mature enough for me to take the leap. My work situation is heavily VSTi based and I am trying to get a grip on what kind of performance I could expect. Today, with my Core2 rig, 32 bit XP, I feel very restricted both CPU wise as well as RAM wise. Today, I am using a second computer (P4) just to get some more room for samples. My question to you guys is if I can expect a work sitatuion where I can run an omni instance with 3-4 instruments, Toontrack kit, Piano from K4 and possibly also some RMX instruments running at 44.1 kHz, 128 sample latency on an RME FF800? RAM wise, I don't see a problem (just a question of money) but CPU performance wise I would need some advice. Omni is a really demanding VST and I can imagine that future VSTis will not be less complex, rather more complex. As far as I can see, the 980X is really ahead of the performance curve, do I need to go there to be really free in my workflow? I'd like a rig which can live for 3-4 years running the best VSTis. Perhaps a difficult question to answer but I'd really like some expertise feedback on this.
What do you think?