#1
Do interfaces include DIs and preamps these days or is it necessary to buy each one seperately?

Fairly basic question, I know, but I'm just starting off. I've been reading up on how to record for about a month now, but I just got more confused. I have my guitar, bass, mic, amp, computer, etc. I just need to figure out how to plug my equipment into the computer so I can hit record. I'm not looking to spend more than $250 on each piece of equipment. I don't need a lot of inputs, I can afford to record one piece at a time, so I'd prefer quality and simplicity over bells and whistles and less quality.
#2
Generally, if it includes mic preamps, it'll have at least one built-in DI, but that's not ALWAYS the case... for the lower end ones, though, it's pretty common practice.

Something like a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 will be just fine for what you need.
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#3
Most of them do have DIs now, although some people prefer to upgrade the DI with a Countryman or a Radial Passive. Not sure if it is worth the price difference as you can buy slightly better interface for say another $50 and save a few bucks in the process.

Look up PreSonus Audiobox as well, I haven't had issues with their DIs.
#4
Just picked up a FocusRite Scarlett. Found a really good deal for $79.00 new. Looking forward to recording. Thanks guys!