Thank you, I'll look into that (y)
I don't completely understand it if I am being totally honest, just remember what I learnt when building a gaming/video ripping PC about 5-6 years ago and an i7 would have been a pointless upgrade for me. From memory though, I think hyperthreading ability depends on the software being used - ie not all software is written to benefit from it so it may be worth checking with the software you are using as an i7 could be pointless if not but I may be incorrect on that! (lol) I'd say you'd probably want more than 8GB of RAM though although I guess this depends on the size/quality of the samples you are using and the size/quality of your output files. Definitely get at least one SSD in there though as it is about the best performance upgrade you can do to a PC - even if you just put one in your current set-up you would notice huge performance increases with your current set-up and you can always switch the SSD into your new build when you go down that route in the future. You may find a SSD upgrade right now will give enough performance increase on it's own to keep you happy for a bit longer to save you rushing into a new purchase.
Agreed the i9 are way too expensive for the average user. The i7 8700k looks a good balance of power/price/TDP. Thanks for the info everyone, it's given me a much better idea of the differences.
I’ve got an intel i7 8700k, I don’t regret it!
I think he means 3 cylinder