Okay, so I tried a few searches and didn't come up with much specific advice, so I'll try starting a new thread... Sorry if this has been beat to death... I'm thinking about buying a new desktop computer when I get my taxes back for the main purpose of home recording. It's been a few years since I've done much recording, and I always just used my Tascam 2488 to do most stuff. Nothing too serious, mostly for fun, but now I'm looking to get back in to it, and I'm trying to get a little more serious about it. My plan, at this point, is to continue using my Portastudio to record the raw tracks with, but then I'll transfer the files over to my desktop computer to do editing, mixing, and mastering, and I won't be doing much, if any, recording directly to the desktop. Seems like a reasonable thing to do, but if anyone thinks that's not a good idea, let me know... I'm not really sure what I should be looking for in a desktop for this purpose though. I figure on-board memory is definitely an important factor to consider, and the processor speed as well, but it's been a while since I've payed much attention to this stuff, so I'm not exactly sure what would be sufficient in these areas. I also realize that some of these decisions I have to make will be directly affected by which software program I choose to use, and the system requirements of those programs. Any suggestions on software are also appreciated. The only program I've used years ago was Cubase. Not sure if that's still used as widely as it used to be. I'm a little leery of going with a pro-tools setup, as I'd like to avoid having to spend a lot on required hardware interfaces, etc. Maybe I'm off-base with this line of thought... again, let me know if I am, please. Any suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated. Thanks!