I bought a Dell computer with an i7 a month ago. I want to use it for several things, but I was hoping to record on it as well. I told the MicroCenter employee this. I saw the 4 PCI slots in the back and felt comfortable. It is a fast PC. A month later, I open up the back to stick in a sound card and see it has only one slot- which is currently occupied by a graphics card. The others are those little slots for a firewire or modem, etc. not a real PCI card. So now PCI cards are out. I already tried my Firebox through the Firewire port built into the motherboard and it was noisy. I think this will go away if I install a firewire card- which I think I can. However... I am using Cubase SX3 and it will not run on Vista 64- which came with this machine. I thought I could get around this by running Virtual PC. I got Cubase sx3 to run on that but Virtual PC cannot use firewire. It can use PCI. I am just so mad right now I want to throw this DELL piece of crap into the ocean. I just couldn't believe that an $800 PC had no PCI slots. I guess that's the way things are going. A desktop is basically as limited as a laptop only big and clunky. I had no idea PCI slots were drying up. Now I wasted $800 or I can buy all new software, a new PC, or stick with my 2002 piece of junk that can barely run the software I use. Hopefully you can learn from my $800 mistake. The built in sound on the Dell is of course CRAP. I guess I could again get good sound with a Firewire card, RME Fireface, and all new software for $2K when I already have a good sound but just wanted more CPU power. The RME has better converters than my Firebox of course. I don't use the mic pres anyway. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!