I am considering buying a new computer. I have a desktop computer that is probably three years old at this point. Running Windows 98 and for backing up data, I only have a floppy A: drive. No CD writer, no DVD, no fire wire. Windows 98 is VERY stable, which I love but it's also pretty slow and doesn't release memory very well. After a few days of opening and closing programs, my system resoucres show about 43% and then it's all bogged down so I have to reboot. Because I think the computer is about three years old, I'm also concerned about my hard drive crashing and losing all my stuff. I'd rather bite the bullet, get a new machine and some good backup media and start fresh. (my monitor is relatively new so I won't be replacing that part) I have been told that if you go on the Dell web site you can configure exactly the machine you want, and it will price it all out for you so you can see just how much each component is. I'd like to upgrade to Windows XP but am not sure if XP or XPpro is better. Any thoughts? Also, I honestly don't know how fast a processor to look for, how much RAM to look for, how big a hard drive to buy, etc. I don't do a ton of graphic design or anything, but I do tend to store a good number of photos in my folders. I run Dreamweaver, Quickbooks, ACT, and an electronic filing system, on top of my Eudora and my browser. I don't do gaming or watch movies. What would YOU do if you were me? Thanks SO MUCH in advance! Shoeless Wanna kill these ads? We can help!