I have the 2nd gen scarlett 2i4 and it works fine for me. Never had an issue with it crashing or anything. If stuff starts clipping I just turn down the gain/use the built in pad. Worst case I also have a Radial DI box hooked up to pad the signal even further if need be. With your budget you could find better options, I bought the 2i4 because I wasn't looking to spend a ton of money at the time.