Once (if) I get my issues sorted out on the other machine, I will be looking at the 2nd DAW. I did ask for suggestions for a sound card for that.

What I am wondering is if it worth looking at the dual core (AMD X2) cpu's for a machine running basically cubase, and vsti's. (Hopefully the broken machine will be running gigastudio).

Having never played with dual core, can you manually assign which programs use which core? Can anyone also explain how memory is allocated between the cores?

Thanks Steve