I am about to upgrade my computer and I’m torn as to which route to go. Money is no objection, but I also don’t want to intentionally pour money down the drain. I currently run my setup on a 2012 i7 2.9 gHz MacBook Pro with 16bg memory and while it has served me well, it doesn’t have nearly enough power to handle the tasks I envision. Here is a demanding situation that the rig will need to be able to handle simultaneously:
Max MSP (maps MIDI orchestrations to single notes to make complex rhythm chops possible with one hand and orchestrated string/horn sections possible with monophonic playing)
LH Rhythm Chops (Typically Korg M1 and IK Hammond B3)
Organ Pedal String Section (32 instances of SWAM strings)
RH Horn Section (8 Kontakt/Swam Instruments)
2nd Board (Diva, Arturia V, Splits, etc)
Ableton Running Backing Tracks and Triggering DMX (Lightkey)
VideoDj software powering reactive visuals on multiple multiple displays
Amp Modeling/FX for 2 guitars and a bass
Processing/Mixing for a Full Band w/ 6 vocalists
Video Streaming/Recording a Several Hour Gig
Currently, my Mac gives out when I attempt 1/10th of this workload (both CPU/memory). I want a machine that would give me space to grow and last me a decade. Am I a sucker for considering a fully spec’ed MacBook Pro? A 14" MacBook Pro with 10 Cores CPU, 32 Core GPU and 64 GB of memory costs $3700. I love the Mac ecosystem, but I’m not against change. Can I build a rack mount PC that can compete with this? Do I need the extra GPU power for VideoDJing and extra displays? Also, is 64 GB overkill?
As always, thanks for all of your ideas.