I'll just echo a few key points that in my experience will make your recording process and recording experience more efficient, reliable and enjoyable regardless of your machine ... SSD drive(s). Get as much RAM as you can afford. Quad core i7 (or better). Always back up to a high quality external hard drive *Keep whatever machine you use dedicated to recording. Don't muck it up with movies, games and general crap. If at all possible, other than for activating licenses and such, keep it off the network. Anti malware software can bog everything down, especially if you're not on an over spec'd rig. ** If you don't already have an interface I would personally go for one that is at least a couple steps above the absolute cheapest. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has (2) decent preamps built in. Have fun!