First off, I would like to say hello to everyone.
I play guitar and keyboard. I compose all kinds of music in my head and by tapping my fingers on a daily basis. I have lots of it memorized, and the ideas just keep coming. The problem is, I have little experience playing what I write. Also, since I work full time and hardly know anybody where I live, I can't really commit to being in a band. On top of that, being in a band also comes with other issues like creative differences.
So, ultimately, I decided to take a route that allowed me to do everything myself...and build a digital audio workstation. However, I have never built one before, and don't know the first thing about what I need. I would like to be able to record a variety of different types of music such as jingles, video game music, and more techno-type stuff like Ratatat and Infected Mushroom.
So, after doing some research, this is currently what I have in my shopping cart at newegg
Keep in mind I will be playing games on this PC and I have other, larger storage devices to hold my data other than that 120GB HD, which I mainly want just to run windows and the DAW software at quicker speeds. I'm currently weighing the pros and cons of the different audio software (reaper, protools, nuendo, cubase, etc)
Any suggestions for additional or different components?
Any suggestions for the type of audio software I should get based on my goals and skills?
What else do I need? I swear there is so much stuff out there...mixers, audio interfaces, microphones, faders, extenders, controllers....I don't even know what I need out of these things, much less specifically what actual item to get.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated as I do realize I am asking for a lot of advice. Thank you!