Thanks flipnaut for your post, it definately helped to keep a good perspective with this research. I'm sure it can be appreciated that I'm having to educate myself on the latest designs, along with balancing a budget that makes sense. From all accounts, this 'new' technology is a major leap from what I had in my old system [Q9450].
A 'quality' system is going to cost. I'm prepared for that [not happy about it, but this is where its' at]. In that same realm, I need to consider what possible advantage on up'ing the budget [$100 to 200] might offer. If spending $800 or so on a CPU,motherboard and RAM ... adding $200 more might be better in the longterm. I'm not much into selling old parts or doing upgrades every couple of years. I've not the time or inclination to do that. But the real issue comes done to reliability and performance, and this hits at the overall issue ... the demands of Nebula/Acqua.
We all joke about the 'super computer' requirements ... maybe NOT in a funny way. I then use NEBULA as my benchmark requirements.
This is where the real questions come up in this research. WHAT does Nebula prefer ?? Specically, do more cores matter? is it the 'threads' ... how does CPU clock speed play into this?
This might be more to the Acustica Devs. No doubt more of everything and faster is the stock answer for many things in life. But it would be helpful to know more about the base function demands of this Neb/Acqua technology. Even though I do NO gaming with this computer, I do plenty of Photshop and 3-D rendering ... but those too will benefit.
This was one of the questions I posted earlier. Is a slower 6-core BETTER and a faster 4-core as far a Nebula is concerned?
To be clear ... I wanted to single out 'flipnaut' for sharing his thoughts
but I'm asking openingly for those also in the know to help educate me. Hearing from AA Staff would also be most welcome as they would know Nebula.
I can't spend a $illion dollars on this [at least not this week] ... but I know I can get a better computer if I DIY since I have the 'other' components.
I've seen plenty of 'views' on this thread. I'm sure that others are looking in to also learn how to best handle the demands of Nebula/Acqua.
Thanks everyone. Not having a computer has made this research much more difficult to do, so I appreciate everyone. This will at least give me direction to look into.
i7-5820k, MSI X99A Plus, 16 GIG Ram, Noctua NH-D14, Win-7 Pro [64-bit], Reaper-64
NVC [Nebula Virtual Controllers]