Originally Posted by Pearl_bonnie02
All I have to say is DO NOT get Vista! It'* crappy
I'd love to hear why...
As long as you have newish hardware (he will with a new computer) Vista has NO issues. But trying to use it on hardware that'* older, barely up to spec, and doesn't have vista drivers, of course there will be issues. Service Pack 1 was released in the last few weeks, It'* sped up a few file moving/copying operations and some other various improvements.
Hans, i'm guessing that'* a single core 1.8? that will be pretty limiting, some sort of Core 2 Duo, or Core 2 Quad will be MUCH more usable, quicker, and last longer. Multitasking has little to no slow down on multi-CPU systems, they have plenty of C2D'* on outlet, and any of them would be well worth the expense over a single core. Dell refurb would be nice if you can find one with a video card...
Minimum, i'd look at
Dual Core procs
150gig HD, 250-500 if you plan on storing many videos
Some sort of PCI E video card if there'* any chance you'll wanna game on it, it'* pretty much a requirement to use the pretty stuff in vista anyways. If nothign else, get a computer that the expansion slot for it, and you can put one in if you'd like.
An apple would be great, new is pricey vs comparable apples, and getting an older PowerPC version isn't going to be the best decision. If apple interests you, I'd definitely get an Intel based one...