Troy - im not a gamer so i dont play any video games. i mainly use it for the internet, watching movies (vlc player), downloading & playing music (itunes, winamp), burning cds/dvds (nero) youtube and some work programs. so do i need the most "tweaked" out computer? probably not. but when i'm browsing the net or opening a program, listening to music, opening a file folder, i'm a bit impatient and i like it to be as fast as possible....thus the most optimal running.
as far as downloading speeds, my internet is pretty high speed. ie, i can get d/l speeds up to 1mb/sec
As for a budget, i'm really in the dark on that. i guess i wouldnt want to spend $1000. perhaps $500 and under?
rshaffer61 - sorry, i'm not sure i understand, could you clarify? are you saying i shouldnt go with Win XP because it's outdated and there will be no drivers available? would you recommend i stick with windows 7?