Hello all, I am yet another newbie on this great forum. I have been recording on computer for about 4 years off and on, and I think its time that I move up in quality. I started out on a pII with fruityloops 2.71, N-Track Studio and Cool Edit pro 1.2, with acomputer mic. here is my current setup: P4 1.6 ghz PC Chips mother board 512 Mb DDR Ram (some of the older slower ones that my mobo can handle) 80 Gb western digital hard drive SoundBlaster Audigy MP3+ PNY Verto 128mb video card Generic DVD rom drive Khypermedia DVD burner. Shure SM57. I think my sound card was causing some conflicts which I could never figure out( high CPU useage in FL Studio which was not a problem on my friend's computer) and is now dead, and because of how it seemingly died I can't uninstall it or its drivers properly. In light of this I am thinking of a new system geared towards audio. Do I go for something like a Dell or Sony Vaio? Has anyone had good results with their more affordable options ($1000 - $1200)? Or do I try to go to a company like ABS Computers where I have a more detailed choice of hardware options? I am not looking for the fastest system around, I use CEP and FL Studio. In CEP I may have multple tracks open at once (upto 16) I also would like to do this in N-Track, as the plugins are live so to speak, but it has been buggy of late so I dont use it much. I only record and plan to record one track at a time though, so even I may work with multiple tracks, I only record one at a time (mainly vocals). So here are my thoughts: I am looking at a Dell or Sony at 2.8 GHz 512mb ram 120 - 160Gb 7200rpm Hard drive DVD rom drive and DVD burner on board sound/cheap sound blaster for gaming EMU 0404 for recording and audio M-audio superDAC 2496 (already owned) M-Audio Audio Buddy or DMP3 mic pre Or STudio Progects VTB-1 Shure SM57 and Audio Technica 3035/ Studio progects B1 And Monitors to be determined. Tell me your opinions and suggestions and remember this is in a bedroom and its for demo/ self mixed/mastered music of me and a couple of friends' music. You can also tell me to just reformat my hard drive and start over if you think my PC is up to snuff for my tasks and just add the sound card. Oh and also bear in mind that I live in a place where only the real cheap and crappy stuff (both computers and pro Audio) are sold at exhorbitant prices and the good stuff is non existent. Hence I cant listen around, so your opinions really count for me. ALL ADVICE IS VERY WELCOME!!!!!! D PS. Sorry for the Long Post!