So I'm about to make a purchase, but I don't have enough to do everything at once. So I'd like to know what purchase I should make first that would give me the most improvement up front. I kinda know the answer but I guess I am looking for a confirmation. I have the option to purchase the 003 Factory (upgrading from the 001), I would still use the preamps from my mackie. I also have the option of purchasing a preamp (in anticipation of upgrading to the 003 and ditching the mackie). Someone had suggested the Focusrite Octopre which would give me 8 premamps. I'm thinking I would get the greater benefit from getting the preamps first. on a side note, I have alesis monitor ones and although they are not great, they are not horrible, I am looking for a minor upgrade and someone suggested the KRK RP8 G2 series, anyone have any opinions on these or other suggestions?