Firstly, let me apologize at the incoherency of this post.... I've got a lot of questions and not many of them are very clear.... with that being said maybe you can help me. Okay, I have slowly been building up some real basic gear and am wondering the best way to utilize what I have to have it working to it's fullest potential. I have a Yamaha MG 10/2 Mixer, A Fostex MR-8, some mics and my Compaq Presario with AMD Athlon XP 2 GHz, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, XP, 400 Mhz Bus, 80 GB.... definitely not the greatest to work with but it's all I have. I've just been using the Yamaha mixer and using an rca adapter to run it into the line input on the computer and recording with Audacity. I have some money to spend and some money to make I think. I've kind of outgrown the limited ability the Fostex MR-8 offers and I'm thinking I'm going to sell that. I'm looking for advice on software with greater ability after the tracks are recorded... (editing, effects, etc). Also, if I upgrade ram on this computer would it help with latency? I hate recording a track and then recording on top of that and having a delay.... right now I'm just taking that track and then moving it. I want this to be as portable as possible too and am wondering if I should just invest in a better computer (laptop). I want to upgrade to a bigger mixer as well. Also, what about forgetting the computer and just going with something that's all built in? Any experience with these and are they a pain to work with. I love the ease of editing tracks on a computer instead of what seems like a nightmare (small little LCD screen). I'm still a real big noob here so any advice on budget gear or the best way to set everything up so I can record multiple tracks and then edit them is appreciated. (Mostly just vocals, guitar, bass guitar, some strings, drums, synths). Thank you and at this point any advice is good advice for me!