I hope this is the correct subforum...

I'm looking for a good budget external sound card. However, I've never really got into this stuff before, but I'll be recording soon, so I figured I'd need a sound card. Unfortunately, my budget is quite sad at the moment. I can afford $200 tops.

By the way, I'm using a laptop, with i5 processor and 8 GB memory. Will it suffice? Sorry if the question is stupid, I have no experience in this field.

EDIT: A guy who owns a music store suggested to me Art USB Dual Pre. Any ideas?
Last edited by Ameer27 at Sep 29, 2015,
Look into USB Presonus, Focusrite, Mackie, Behringer, Roland. Plenty of options. I like the Presonus Audiobox and Mackie Onyx Blackjack for low budget. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 will probably be a good idea at the top of your price range.
You may go into the recording section, and then find the introduction to recording sticky.
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You might want to make sure your audio interface has midi as well in case you want to go beyond just recording your guitar.
i like my focusrite scarlett 2i4. i run it with reaper on a much slower computer than yours with no problems.
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