Hey guys, I've got a few questions regarding audio recording or rather the tech involved. Right now I'm using a laptop (asus K53E, biggest mistake of my entire life). I want to do some audio recording, but there's an annoying hum in the background. I know that this is either because of the fans buzzing, or the fact that I'm using an onboard "sound card" (hooks up straight to my motherboard). I plan to do some podcasting, and just some plain fun with audio recordings, so I need crisp quality with no negative artifacts. Seeing that this is a laptop (with a warranty, which I do not want to void), I am considering a different take on things, I want to get an external sound card (via the method of USB), or a USB mic/headset. I know a few audiophiles (not an offensive word) and they have told me that every thing related to audio that is done externally sounds a lot better than anything an onboard system could do So, any tips? I've got my eye on a soundcard and a few headsets and mics, tho I don't know which option to choose. So, the sound card. Probably ganna go with the Creative X-Fi Go! Pro, it has a lot of nice reviews and stuff, but they mainly emphasize on audio output, and not input, so I could be throwing 30$ in the water. My second option is a USB headset (or headsets). I don't know any good ones, so any tips would be great. Third, last but not least. A USB mic, I'd like something like the Blue Snowball (vanilla or not, makes no difference to me). So, that's about it, any ideas? Thank you for your time.