Let me preface this by saying I have owned some decent gear in the past but due to some real life at the time I had to sell my whole studio save for my martin acoustic. I was using a TLM 103 and a focusrite red 7 previously. Well now I can't take it anymore I miss recording to much, I'm in a much better position financially and it's my birthday so my GF is getting me a sound card. Anyway I've done some homework to catch up. I'm not looking to spend as much as I did previously. I just want to track my acoustic and vocals decently and burn some dvda for vanity. I want to get a sound card and mic (maybe a pre). I'll be doing this on a mac G5 dual 2 gig. I haven't heard any of the gear below so I'll be relying on the good advice here I've been thinking about the following for sound cards both pci and firewire: Gina 3G audiophile 192 presonus firebox I saw a rme pci card rebranded for nuendo on ebay for like 350 bucks http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7337110571&category=41784&ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1 is this good? Mics studio Projects c1 (heard it's good but I don't like trebly hi end sounding mics) AT 4047 what other mics should I consider? I'm looking to spend no more than 400 to 500 on sound card and around 300 on mic I guess I'm looking at best possible quality for what I wanna spend. Your help will be greatly appreciated.