There could be someone in your area who could assist in configuring your template. Check with your local music store as applicable. I used to be that guy in Tampa, FL when I lived there, I set up SO many Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, etc rigs for people. It was a good side hustle at the time.
I do the same now, but rarely locally. I just got back from a studio setup in Miami.
2ndly, I relate. I’m tend to get on better with my hardware, but I track everything and produce it ITB. I’m a good mono-tasker, multitasking is not a thing I can do, so focus on one device at a time for tracking parts is most effective for me. Occasionally I’ll setup a sequencer (MPC or Octatrack) with 2 synths with the idea of building tunes off of a jam and typically the results are pretty damn mediocre.
Give me just the Octa or MPC and I can really dive deep for interesting results, hell even the Korg Volca Drum can be GREAT as a narrow focus device. The DAW is best for me for assembling parts from all of those devices.
In regards to computers, I just moved my setup from a 2010 Mac Pro (12 core Xeon machine, 32GB RAM) to a current Mac Studio and, while it took all day to get my plugin auths moved over, my sessions are running SO much leaner than on the old computer. I had a client file that was pushing 75% of my CPU, same session on the Studio is around 17%. If you get a new comp, I’d likely take a look at the current M1 Mac Mini and max out the RAM and HD, I went with the Studio prior to the M2 Mac Mini announcement, and might have held out if I hadn’t time constraints and “reasons” for using the Studio instead.
Any news yet on M2 compatibility? I’ve not done my homework.