I had posted about a week or so again that I was looking for ideas on preamps after deciding to dust off my old home recording gear. After doing a LOT of reading about things that might interest me, I began to realize that I may need to start from scratch. Everything I have is now between 6-8 years old and is built around a Mac G4 450 dual-processor (OS 9) and the Digi001. I was looking at some plugins and found that none of the ones I wanted were able to work with such an old system. I'm not looking for a fancy pro setup. I like a computer based system and I prefer ProTools LE because I'm familiar with it. What I do want is sufficient horsepower to handle up to 24 tracks and for the resulting recordings to sound nice on a good home audio system.....understanding that the engineer (me) will have a lot to do with how good things will sound. Starting with a computer system, I want something moderately priced, but with sufficient power to handle the track load. Haven't decided between PC or Mac, but have decided that I would go with an updated ProTools LE interface and software and want to use some UA cards with their plugins. I still have an old firewire Glyph 40gig external drive that would appear usable for now. Since I won't ever record drums in my basement, I'll need no more than 2 recording inputs at any one time. I'm pretty sold on one of them being a UA solo610 tube pre. I still have to decide on one other pre that has a different coloration. So, what do I really need in the way of a computer that gives me what I have to have, but no frills beyond that?