From what Ive read fire wire is only beneficial if you're using multiple inputs etc. I'm just gonna be taking one stereo input, and when Ill be using it the only other USB ill have will be a mouse.

Tempted to go for a Creative but been told boycott them so Ill have a good look about tomorrow and do some proper research, and Ill cheek out that one too Domino.

Cheers for the suggestions.