Aight, heres the deal, i been rapping for a good 3 years now and i still have but maybe 10 full songs recorded, and they are crappy quality. So i gotta hold of some money recently and decided to invest a start so i can finally get a ep/demo out. So i went out and bought a brand new computer... Compaq Presario..lots of memory, 2 ghz. 80gig hard drive.. etc.. i got a soundblaster 5.1 card with it...should i move up to audigy or is soundblaster fine for gettin some fairly decent quality done. Also i went out and bought a shure sm58 to add to my mics cuz i heard it was good, i do plan to get a shure 86 condenser soon tho too.. also programs wise i have cool edit 2.0, reason 2.0 , sonar, and pro tools 6.1 and cubane.... is their any other programs i should get or am i set in that department. i already have decent quality headphones too.. i use to record at my old producers house, he had a keyboard, a mackie etc. some real studio equipment instead of just computer stuff, i lost a lot of my tracks tho in a fued i had with him...now ive decided to do shit myself.... i was gonna go the actual studio route, but i heard the computer route could get nearly as good of sound, and im just looking for something that'll sound decent if i press it and give out to a few people, nothing big just a few hundred copies n shit. So am i off to a good start, and is their anything i should get, i have bout $250 after i get my condenser mic. what kind of improvements could i make with $250 bucks to what i already have, do i need a pre-amp or etc. Any advice, opinons or help would be greatly appreciated?