....at the moment, I use AbletonLive8 a lot. But my main DAW use to be Cubase.
In my PC/win xp set up, I use a Lunacard. 3 inn/ out. No need for mic.
Bheringer Mix, KRK RG5 monitors + sub
This runs my Korg M3 and many other Korg-devices perfect.
My softsynths include Omnisphere, Massive, Reactor, Absynth, and NI Maschine + + ....
My hope is to make the same setup, using iMac 27 (2013 ).
15 years ago I used Mac in my Norwgian studio....and now I am ready for Mac again, if it fit my needs.