Hello. I'm getting started in the vast (I didn't know how vast and complex) home music recording and need some help with some purchases as well as questions. I’m new to this so please bear with me… WHAT I WANT: Proffesionaly I'm a photographer. I am interested in laying down tracks through my PC for use in videos, as well as recording to CD. I want QUALITY without breaking the bank, but I don’t expect to make it to Radio City any time soon either. I play guitar primarily through a PODxt, and I have a MIDI keyboard that was given to me that I’ve never used that I would like to start playing around with as well. I also still want my PC to sound good for regular uses such as listening to MP3s while working on photo stuff, etc. WHAT I CURRENTLY HAVE: I think I’m pretty good as far as my PC Platform goes for now: PC: CHIP: Intel P4 2.8ghz HT chip ASUS board, USB 2.0, FireWire RAM: 2gigs high performance RAM OS DRIVES: 2 – 70 gig, 10krpm raptors running raid, STORAGE DRIVES: 2 - 250gig storage drives. CD RW/DVD Soundblaster Live LEXICON OMEGA I went off half cocked and just bought a LEXICON OMEGA stand alone unit. The reviews looked good, and I’ve heard some great feedback from the folks at Guitar Center, but I didn’t really look into all my options. I was going to get the M-audio Firewire 410, but the reviews I saw were not as good as the Lexicon unit. DID I SCREW UP with the Lexicon unit? WHAT I NEED: NEW SOUND CARD – SPEAKERS Ok this is where I’m having a bit of trouble. I currently have a Soundblaster Live el-cheapo sound card, and a set of Cambridge 4.1 PC speakers. I definitely need a new sound card and speakers for monitoring. SOUND CARDS: I was looking at the Creative Labs Audigy series, but looking at the threads here, that doesn’t seem like a wise choice. SPEAKERS: Can I get by with a PC speaker system for this? I was looking at the Logitech Z680 5.1 system. Will these get me by, or should I buy a set of monitors? Any suggestions would be great.