Ok, so after considering all the options I could find, I think I am going to probably just get a RME Multiface with pcmcia card which would give me 8in/out at 96k plus 96k stereo out and then I could get an 8 channel 48k AD/DA like the AI3 and clock it from the Multiface. I could get all this used for $800-$1000
Then when I get rich I can just get a whole new setup of desktop and better converters straight to pci or firewire.
Does this sound like a good choice? Also I read that RME drivers are better suited to windows and im using MacOS 10.2(probably 10.3 very soon) will this be a problem at all? Is there any other setup that would give me the same thing/better for a similar cost?