I'm looking at building a new PC for music production and I'm struggling to decide whether I should go for an 11th gen i5 or a 10th gen i7/i9.
The i5 supports PCIe4 (so can make use of a 980 Pro SSD vs the 970 EVO Plus for the 10th gen Intel's), has better inegrated graphics and has higher single core clock speeds, whereas the i7/i9 has more cores. I'm not sure what is more important!
Should I be prioritising single core speeds or number of cores?
My typical workflow is to record guitar/bass and use NeuralDSP amp sims then use Kontact drum samples for guide tracks before re-recording with live drums. I often add other VST instruments like synths/pianos too.
I've attached some example builds bellow, if anyone has any thoughts on them, please let me know!
i5 11600k: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/fQyHt8 ~ £870
i7 10700k: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Th9wfP ~ £880
i9 10850k: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/N2kHt8 ~ £940