Now, I do know this question had been asked a thousand times, but I do have other questions along with it, so here it goes.
Couple of months ago I've bought a condenser microphone which I am intending to use is for either voice acting or singing. I haven't thought that it would require anything else what so ever so I assembled it, with the pop filter and all and plugged it into my computer (which is a desktop PC). When recording my voice I realized that it sounded quiet, so I increased microphone volume and what I got was a lot of static sound in the background (with my voice recording being louder as well, obvious is obvious). At that point I had realized that the microphone came with a manual which I had read through (sort of.) and came to conclusion that I need phantom power and a external power supply?
I know what everyone would say to just "follow the instructions and buy those two" but I also decided to look up answers on other sites and some people mentioned getting an amplifier or an amplifier with integrated phantom power which just goofed my plans up.
So which one of those three do I actually need? I do have a desktop pc with a onboard sound card (which I assume won't do) and the condenser mic I can't use because it needs a 48V phantom power or whatever.