For what you want to do, you don't need to spend that much (IMHO). Newer computer won't speed up your surfing - that's a function of the condition of your telephone line (among lots of other things). Transfering programs will need you to load them from the original CDs. Transfering files can be done using the wizard. However, if the old machine is XP and the new one Vista, you will need a special transfer cable and a CD which will program the XP machine before transfer starts. I've just done this for a friend with a cable/CD that cost a tenner from ebay - worked a treat click here.