First I want to get all things setup on my current windows XP machine before I go and buy a bunch of stuff and so far I cant get several things to work.

What I want is a nice front end, wish I could find a free alternative to streetdeck cause it looks really good.

Currently I am sampling RoadRunner with the LSX skin.
I am using a trial of PhoneControl and it will connect an make my nokia 6682 make a call, but I can not hear it on my pc. If I cant hear it I would guess I cant speak into the mic and any one here me.

I cant seem to get pictures and video to display properly either.
Oh one more thing, while making a call, the music doesnt seem to pause or go down in volume

What is a tried and true setup/ingrediants?

Any Ideas?