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I am looking to setup my new pc for recording music what is the best sound card for this. And what software would I need to get great sound.
You need to provide a few more specifics, MusicRealms.

You want to track a whole band, or just do a track at a time? Are you using midi? What instruments do you want to record? What kind of music?What kind of PC (specs, not brand) do you have?

Gotta give us a starting point, you know? ;)
The Axeman (##(===> Cuts From My New Blues CD
I will be getting a new computer with in the next two months a dell want to set it up to record metal music at home one track at a time and be able to edit as well and then burn cds.
Ok. That gives a starting point.

I would recommend as much PC as you can afford. As fast a processor, as much ram and hard drive space as you can swing. And a CD burner.

If the Dell has on board sound (i.e. on the mobo vice a separate card), make sure you can disable it.

I would personally recommend an MAudio 2496 Audiophile sound card ($149) and a Behringer UB1202 mixer ($79 at MF).

How do you plan on doing drums? If you want to loop or use virtual instruments, I would recommend Cakewalk's Sonar 3 Studio ($259 at MF)or Steinberg's Cubase, which I have no experience with but it is the other big home studio seller. With these two programs, you can use drum loops or midi virtual instruments.

If you are going to go some other route for drums (i.e midi out to an external drum machine or something), then you can get away with a cheaper program, say PG Music's Power Tracks Pro Audio ($49).

You also need to have a decent mic (even a generic SM58 will do), and you'll need something other than standard computer speakers to monitor on if you want to turn out decent mixes. Something like the MAudio BX5 monitors ($299 at MF) would work well. Depending on your budget, you can wait on the monitors, but you will want them eventually.

Hope this helps.
The Axeman (##(===> Cuts From My New Blues CD
Thank you very much for the help I will look into getting the best stuff it may take a little while but I am not in a rush I will get one thing at a time if I have to. 8)

P.S. Cool website this is my personal site