Here's my prescription for Vista. 2GB RAM, ANY of the dual core CPUs and for gamers the 256MB dedicated video RAM. With XP, the 1GB seemed to do just fine for everyone.
If you want XP you can have it by looking on their BUSINESS offerings since no company is ready to sacrifice their biz division yet.
So, I just bought my nice new laptop at Christmas and then someone stole it while I was on vacation. GRR!! And not I have to buy a new one, but of course they don't have the exact same one I had any more, much less for the same price.
I'm pretty much set on Dell. I've loved both Dells I've had.
Unless someone has a VERY convincing reason, I don't want Windows Vista.
I don't know what kind of processor I want. The one that was stolen was an Intel, but right now all the AMD ones are substantially cheaper. I use it mostly for internet, music, watching DVDs and online video, and quite a bit of photo editing. Will and AMD one be ok or not?
Also, from what I understand 1gb RAM is good for XP, but if I end up having to get Vista, I would want 2gb right?