Hello, I fell upon the forum 4 days ago and have been reading and searching many posts. It helped me narrow down very much what I am looking for but I remain with some questions. I am very new at music production. I am aiming to build a dedicated DAW mainly to produce house/electronic music. I will be doing no physical voice or instrument recording. Here is what I have as a PC. Intel E6750 2.6ghz Dual-Core (i was going to overclock until I read that increased fan noise would cause noise in my audio so I am now opting to stay stock) Gigabyte mobo with 4gig DDR2 RAM HD RADEON 4850 for GFX and and upgrade to a small SSD drive for OS and Software OS WIN XP PRO 32Bit (which from my understanding means only 3.5gig of ram will be available) Cubase, Ableton Live 8 Added will be Yamaha HS50M's for monitors, an Axiom MIDI Controller Keyboard and one or two more MIDI controllors/drum machine. I would follow by reading threads on stripping windows xp down for music productivity. I picked XP 32bit because of my hardware and maximum compatibilty, stability. Opted away from PT after reading user comments about extra cost for plug-ins and vst wrapper, but I wonder if this is a mistake. I am also thinking that when I can afford it, I would upgrade to a Mac Pro to than mainly use Logic and Ableton on the side. My questions are; Is this set-up powerful enough for the type of music and recording I want to do? I suppose I would never pass 14 simultaneous tracks. Considering it will be dedicated and stripped down with an SSD drive for operating software. Do I really need to invest into a soundcard? If so what are my best options in all price ranges for this type of strictly midi, digital audio electronic music.