To further add to Pawels comments regarding firewire / USB – be aware that Apple are removing the firewire ports from a lot of there more recent machines, and instead are using Thunderbolt. Whilst you can get thunderbolt to firewire adapters, the long term support for firewire by Apple seems to be waning.
I have had a lot of good experience and a little of bad experiences) with M-Audio, both PCI based and USB based. E-mu USB interfaces are regarded pretty highly among cheaper ones as well. Like Lorenzo said, there are zillions of options. You can go to sweetwater or zzounds or musiciansfriend or bhphotovideo and get overwhelmed :-)
Many people will agree - although I am not sure how well supported this belief is - that USB-based cards are slightly more likely to have problems with skipping etc in some systems than Firewire-based ones. On the other hand, FW cards usually have more (possibly unnecessary, but driving the price up) inputs and outputs than USB cards.
If you go for digital settings like Lorenzo advises, make sure that the card's mixer application gets it right. I remember a version of M-Audio mixer app for their PCI cards that used wring dB formula ('10 times' instead of '20 times'). Another option is to buy/make a separate computer-controlled attenuator for volume control.
Hope that helps
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