A good and affordable recording interface needs to have at least a preamp for the microphone, preamp knob, and some sort of Phantom Power. Most condenser microphones used in recording studios need 48V Phantom Power to work. Without it, your mic is dead. Also, be sure to check the connection of your audio interface. If you're using a Firewire Interface but your laptop do not feature a Firewire port (only USB), you are in big trouble, because you will not be able to use it. Check the connection of the audio interface.
If you ask me, you should go for M-Audio Interfaces or Focusrite Interfaces. Those are of great value, and they can be found at affordable prices. Make sure to read the reviews before you buy.