So Ive got Amplitube 3 that I just installed and Im trying to connect my guitar to my laptop to get it going, but so far Im having trouble. Ive tried connecting the guitar straight into the microphone input of my PC and that doesnt work, so I tried connecting the guitar to my shitty little amp then running a cable out from the headphone output and into the microphone input on the laptop and that doesnt work. So now I guess the next step is getting a guitar usb interface. Ive been looking these up on amazon and theres mixed reviews (this is the one Ive been looking at [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UCG102-BEHRINGER-GUITAR-LINK/dp/B000PAPO9W/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1414363714&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=guitar+usb+interface[/ame]. Some people say they work perfectly right out of the box, some people say they got them to work after messing with it for a while, and other people say theyre garbage and dont work at all. Anyone have a recommendation for a way to connect my guitar to my laptop that will work and wont cost me a ton of money? (looking to spend no more than around $80 if I can avoid it). Also another thing Im seeing is even when theres nothing plugged into my mic input when Amplitube is up its still pushing out this real electric sounding squeal/crackling. Could it be the cooling fan causing interference or some other issue with a laptop? Im a total noob at this so if someone could school me a bit and give me a recommendation to get this working Id appreciate it. Or maybe Id be better off getting a small amp modeler/effect processor like a Line6 Pod or something? I really just want to be able to play with headphones and get a wide variety of tones and effects. I know it wont be super great recording quality stuff, but this is just for sitting around and playing to myself.