So I got an ART Tube MP Preamp, and an Apex 775 mic. I plugged the mic into the preamp using a yorkville XLR to XLR cable and the preamp into my laptop's Mic input using a 1/4" and 1/8" adapter. I'm using audacity and when I hit the record button it makes a crackling sound and hisses.

it looks like this
it sounds like this. http://h1.ripway.com/trem7/micproblem.mp3

Can anyone help me figure out what's wrong?
Not really. You should buy an Interface, try one of the M-Audio ones. Their pre-amps aren't the best so the ART Tube Preamp is a great investment. I run it into an M-Audio Jamlab (29$ last I checked)