Got a question for you, When I plug my guitar into the line in of my cheap designed for games soundcard, I have to pull the fader(in the windows volume control-recording panel) damn near all the way down. The music still comes back at a decent level, comparable to an mp3 I have stored on the hard disk. But I was wondering if this was normal. If I don't pull the fader down, then I'll get that nasty digital clipping. If I were to get a more costly sound card, would that change, will I be able to run a hotter signal into the computer? Will that make my recorded music louder. Or will the result be strictly subjective, where I could think it's better than my cheap card, and my friend would think the cheap card sounds better, or heard no real difference. would I be better off spending the money on a microphone?