I wasn't happy with my old firewire MOTU setup and all it's driver problems in Windows 7, and I didn't want to go back to XP on a desktop computer with 8 GB of RAM, so over the last month or so, I've been working towards a more streamlined simple setup with my laptop.
So now I basically have a quadcore PC collecting dust. I should sell it
This is my new recording setup. Based on Rogueleader's recommendation and a little research, I picked up this:
Buy Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface | Audio Interfaces | Musician's Friend
Nice and simple noiseless 2 input 24 bit/48k USB recording box. I don't need 8-input firewire anymore just recording at home.
I also picked up a pair of 5" KRK Rokit monitors. They're low end, but sound really rich and so far I'm hearing my mixes a lot better than what I've used before. The only issue I have is I may need to get some quality 1" to 2" thick foam baffles to put underneath them, as I'm getting a lot of extra bass that I'm thinking is coming from resonance through my wooden desk.
So here's my simple setup, pardon the low quality pics:
I just got the exact same interface, superb unit!
You've actually got the exact little setup I want with the KRK's and an Axe.