I am familiar with forums, and I know that the newbs newb always asks a question to general to be treated seriously. Well, I am a newbs newb when it comes to recording and creating digital music. So I am sorry for the general question I'm about to ask. I am a student of music. I sing, and compose. I wanted to create a portfolio in hopes of getting work as a composer. I want to buy a basic set up with finale, some mixing software, and a 88 key controller. I would like to stick to pc just based on price, but if that's not a good idea I'd like to know. The whole point I'm trying to get to, is that I have no idea what to get in order to create symphonic works on a computer that are high in quality. I can read and write music just fine, but I've been told mixing and recording software is still necessary. If someone could give me a link with decent info that would supply a direction for me. Or if someone knows what questions I need to ask, that would be fantastic. My current budget is $3,000 US. That's a lot of money for me and I REALLY don't want to buy a set up and find out it's not what I need. Any advice would be massively appreciated.