Of course, i had the best interest for a nice Quad-Core computer, and the top of the line effects but...after much research i have found that with proper mic placement, good mics, good preamps/interface/AtoD converters and recording setup, i can make due what i have. With little more upgrade to my laptop. Yes, eventually i will upgrade to a beefy tower and also upgrade my laptop the the HP Envy. For now this will be my purchase for now to get a legit recording quality. I have decided on the Focusrite 18i6 because really i will only be using 4 tracks max at one time recording. If i need more tracks i would more than likely turn to our Presonus StudioLive at church. The Focusrite Scarletts seem to get a lot of positives in their preamps being the better ones in the price range. I already have a nicely modded MXL V67 so i think i have a good over all vocal mic. The rest of my mics are your typical Shure 58's, 57's, and other pencil condenser mics. The only thing i was really sketchy about my laptop the HP G71 with a Intel T6600 Core 2 Duo. Its max RAM goes to 8GB but...i only have 4GB in now. So, i will upgrade it to 8GB. At first i thought that my processor could not be upgraded but its seems that it can be. The highest they make for my Socket is a Intel T9500 with the same FSB at 800mhz, would like to get the T9900 3.06ghz/6mb cache but its at 1066mhz FBS and i do not know if that is a safe travel. Regardless, the T9500 2.6ghz/6mb cache is enough for my needs. Its will be a %40-%50 increase in power with either. I think that sometimes we can abuse to much effects to the point it sound less natural so i do not need a quad-core at this point. Its will also discipline me not to abuse the effects if i had a Quad-core. Besides, my T6600 seems to be handling 20 tracks with each track using EQ, compression, and maybe delay. All these running do about %50 on my CPU and %60 on my RAM. I really do not know if thats bad or good honestly? I will replace my internal 320gb 5400rpm with a 500GB-1tb 7200 RPM. I will also use a external hard-drive. I need wisdom on how to use this combination so input would be great from you guys.