I was going to build my own computer, but decided to purchase a computer with 512Mb Ram Celeron 360 D 160 gb Hd on board graphics Vista home basic bought for $200 (sale down from $400 at Best Buy). And then I upgraded with 2 x 1gb of DDR2 ram for $70 AR. EVGA graphics card 7600 G (IIRC) 256mg RAM for $70. Thermaltake 430 watt PSU (needed to drive graphics card with 12V at 18 amps. $40AR Core 2 Duo CPU, intel E4400 ($125) Additional harddrive $80 Before I upgraded it couldn't possibly run Vista and had a Vista score of like 2.0 out of 5.9. It would be page filing to the harddrive. Afterwards it has a Vista score of 4.4 Vista runs pretty stable and not that slow. Best thing was the graphics card allows two dual monitor screens. Two monitors rock! Of course I can't network the other computers, which is probably a funtion of Basic not allowing it. Now I need to upgrade to Vista Home premium.