Re: Recording Recomendations
That's one way to go, and not a bad one. But since you have some time, go to some home recording sites & forums and just READ. You'll get lots of ideas. Here are a few thoughts...
1. The mackie's a good board, but do you NEED that many channels? Are you going to also use it as a PA mixer or something? If you're only using it as a recording front end, as mentioned above there are many preamp boxes that go right into USB2 or firewire on your PC. You may only need a stereo one. That's maybe $100. If you DO want an analog mixer, consider a smaller, cheaper one. The Mackie is great but a Behringer that does what you need is <$100 (though you will need to make sure your sound card is up to snuff - if not, budget $100 for an M-Audio Audiophile or similar).
2. Your mic choices are fine. I'd also look at the AT2020 as competition to the KSM27. It's much less ($100) and I thought it sounded pretty fine. If you're recording acoustic guitars you may also want to consider adding a small diaphragm condensor to the stable.
3. Add a second hard drive. For the extra space, and also so you don't record to the system drive. Trust me, you want this. ;-) $100.
You may want to consider a modeler in addition to the amp. A V-Amp2 is $100, and will give you all KINDS of sounds that, while none may be as good as your miked amp, could open up your sonic "palette".
The most important thing is to have fun, and learn to use whatever you have to it's best ability. Good luck!