Thanks for the reply!
Well, I've been researching this myself for almost 3 months now, and have talked to a number of people, including a music instructor from our area university. The big question has been, "what do you plan to do with it?" I can't really answer that, because experimenting with new sounds and different ways of assembling music seems to be where I'm headed. So, just this morning I placed an order with Studiocat for a purpose-built pc. It should be here in about 2-3 weeks.
Good point on the audio interface. That may be something a little down the road...but I do like the Presonus products.
Also, I can appreciate your comment on the VST's (some tend to create more latency than others). The Yamaha CP-4 can generate enough voices/ reverb/ EQ, etc, itself, so that (with a few exceptions) you can just record it as straight audio and minimize plugins. I also have a miked acoustic piano. As far as vocals (which is why we're in this forum after all!
), the mics are run through a mixing board ahead of the DAW, so EQ and FX are supplied by the board.
LOL! You can probably tell from all of this that I'm an old analog guy trying to fit into the digital world (square peg, round hole!)… oh well, we'll get something working.
Once I get everything loaded up and working with the new DAW, I'll probably post something reporting my impressions of it.
Thanks again for the input!