I'm getting back into music production and was given the ultimate P.O.S. Dell Dimension 2400. Being that it was a gift I tried to work with it. Once I installed my Fl Studio 7, Reason 8.0, Adobe Audition, and various plugins and sound libraries, she started to drag. The latency is kinda jacked up and when I import certain tracks to my DAW, the CPU meter goes up and I get the "stuttering" affect. I was told this was due to the program and I would have to get a better processor. In order to fully complete my songs I need to be able to mix and master the instrumentals and it's impossible with the stuttering. Also, I need Fire Wire to be able to hook up an Audio Interface to. If I can't do that I need a better sound card so I can get accurate response from the bass and so forth. Can I install something like the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card? Someone told me I needed at least: 3.0Ghz, 320Gb HDD, 2Gb Ram, 52x/20x CD/DVD burner. I have the thing completely torn down for cleaning, so before I put it back together I would like some input. Remember this is for music production, the above specs were advise for use with music production, and above all sound accuracy from the programs is my number one concern. I'm a married, father of 2 so money is my biggest issue. If I was doing the single, I'd have the MacPro by now. Upgrade, buy new PC, or switch to Mac???????