I've been making big upgrades lately n seems my old iMac can't handle my projects in Cubase7. With that said , I'm going to buy a new computer in approx 1 month. I need to be able to handle at least 40 tracks all mixed with audio , instrument and midi. I do my own mixing so each track needs atleast 4 plug ins x 40 tracks = 160 plug ins in a single project. I also rewire in Reason and Ableton live so I cant have any hiccups.
My dilemma is deciding between the Mac Pro vs iMac. It seems I can get more of a machine from the iMac than the Mac Pro. The iMac only supports Quad Core but turbo boost from 3.4ghz up to 3.9ghz and I can get 32gb ram for 3k.
Now for same cost ill be able to get a quad core Mac Pro only with 3.2 ghz and no turbo boost. This unit would only come with 8gb ram and no screen. If I want to match the power of the iMac, it will cost around 4k and this still doesn't include a screen. They also offer the Mac Pro With 6 cores but the clock speed is now reduced to 2.6ghz range.
My question is faster clock speed better or is more cores with less clock speed better?
Does anyone know what the better machine will be or have any experience with either machine near these specs?
MAC OSX 10.8.3 / 3.4Ghz w/ Turbo Boost -> 3.9Ghz / Intel Quad Core i7 / 32GB RAM / Focusrite Saffire Pro40 / Firewire -> Thunderbolt / Cubase 7.0.3 - 64bit