Heya guys, first post of many on the forums!

I was just wondering. My budget isn't huge, and I was planning to get a Peavey Vypyr 30. I was mucking about with Garageband, and found some videos and sound clips on the internet (mainly the apple website and youtube) of Garageband with a pre-amp or a stompbox or both. They all sounded, in my opinion, great! I was just wondering if it would be more cost effective to by a Vypyr, or buy a pre-amp and some effect pedals instead. Mainly looking at sound quality here.

Thanks in advance!