Hey all. I'm a rap artist(in a duo) and record/mix our music, primarily vocals. Originally, I was going to split costs in half with the other artist in our duo, and we were going to upgrade our equipment. However, I've come to the conclusion that i want my OWN equipment. The equipment is at his place, and he doesnt know how to do anything. Basically he paid, and i run the stuff and know how to use it. It makes no sense to me to half-ass own it and have no access to it unless I'm at his place. We've had a falling out in the past, and he has to do a little county time, which takes away from my ability to move on in pursuing both music and recording/engineering. Long story short, i want my own set-up. I want to be able to record and mix any time I feel like it, and experiment at my own will. I want my music, and every aspect of it, to be independent and in my own hands, I dont want anybody to be able to negatively affect or slow me down. I' ve already done a lot of research on mics, interfaces, pre's, and all of that and have a general idea of what I want. However, I'm gonna need a computer for this. I dont want to spend any more than $400-$500 on a computer. I have to buy all the other stuff from scratch so my budget is gonna suffer, but I feel that investing in my own equipment is the smartest move in the long run, and my heart is set on it. What I need to know, is what do I need minimum to have for a properly and effective functioning computer for recording music. To be specific, I wont be recording more than one track at a time, so I dont need equipment that has to be able to handle bands/more than one thing going on at the same time. I'm far from a computer wiz, so I need to know what kind of RAM, hard drive, processors, etc.. I'd like to build one from scratch so that I dont pay for anything I wont use. But not knowing the details of what I need is making this an issue. Since I have to budget and start over from scratch, I'll probably have to go with USB interface n comp. Unless firewire isnt dramatically more expensive for comp/interface combined, I gotta stick with this for now. Any information, advice, and help with this would be greatly appreciated.