So, the new uber-PC upon which Shineback will be brought to life...
Asus P8P67 motherboard.
This will be the fifth build I've done on this particular Asus line, though this is the first one with the newer LGA1155 socket. Everything you could want in a system board - USB3, three video card slots (overkill, unless you're a barking mad gamer), and pretty damn nippy for the price point.
Intel i7 Core 2700K processor. Runs at 3.5GHz, 8MB cache, four cores, so eight threads. Very fast.
32GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM.
In four sticks, with built in heat spreaders. Each one of them looks like a little radiator.
Seagate 2TB hard drive.
Additional storage - if Windows 7 is worth its salt the existing install will work without any significant reconfiguration (excepting a possible reactivation).
Noctua Quiet PC cooler
The fan that comes with the processor is usually underpowered, and a bit noisy.
Extra case fan.
Can't have enough of these buggers - this one will go on the back of the chassis to provide a little extra cooling to the board.
Scythe Kaze server fan controller
This allows you to both monitor and control the speed of the fans in the case. It'll allow Simon to turn the fans down a little when he's tracking vocals, for example.
And there you have it - the machine should have blinding performance, even with applications like Pro Tools.