Buying a new sub $1K computer
Listen up folks.
I'm finally breaking down and buying a new computer. I have not purchased a new computer since PC-133 was the shit.
What are the minimum tech specs I should look for in an off-the-shelf PC?
Yes, some of you are probably saying, but Steve, you have mad computer skillz, why are you not going to newegg and building your own?" The simple answer is that this PC is not for me but for my wife. If *I* build it I will have to include tech support for every little problem. If *I* buy one I will not be looked upon with utter disdain when something does not work to her satisfaction.
I have also been hearing nasty rumors that you can no longer buy an XP machine but only Vista machines! I would prefer that my wife continue to use XP as it causes less headaches for me. How does it cause less headaches? Why because when something does not work I can show her my machine running Linux and say, "I've got your solution right here honey!" She has been running XP for a great number of years now and she is used to it. If she goes to Vista I will get a barrage of "why is this not working" questions.
I would like her to use Linux too but too many of her "associates" send her nasty doc files and other weird MS-type files. She has also paid money for real software such as PhotoShop and I do not want to have to pay more real money to buy the Vista versions...
So, I say again, what bare minimum specs should I aim for?