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Old PC is still limping along, funds aren't fabulous, so I ended up in option paralysis.
It's not so much a performance upgrade, as a matter of my laziness.How much of a performance upgrade do you need? Perhaps something can be done with what you already have.
Ah, maybe my experience might help with this as I in fact have the exact same CPU than you have. I built mine in 2010 or so and ran on the same windows 7 installation for another 8 years. Indeed long in the tooth. 32 bit daw, tons of dodgy vsts on ableton, you name it, it's there. I never rebuilt because I have a lot of projects that might stop loading properly and tbh it's a fucking hassle anyway.It's not so much a performance upgrade, as a matter of my laziness.
I'm still running window 7, the build of which is getting long in the tooth and gets 'quirky' and difficult on occasion, with Cubase 6.5. I've bought Cubase 10.5, but was waiting to install windows 10 and then see which of my software will translate to Win10.
This current PC has an i7 2600K (3.40GHz) and 16GB RAM, and is prone to occasional BSODs and Cubase spits its dummy and freezes regularly, to the point where I can rarely be arsed getting into anything in any depth.
It's mainly the huge mither of reinstalling everything and then seeing what works, what doesn't, and having to adapt to the situation with a PC that might only live on for a couple more years tops (Grok built this a decade ago).
I wanted to basically future-proof the situation so I don't have to dick around with installing everything again onto a new PC when this one dies, if that makes sense.