hi odelay dont know if your set on buying a dell but just incase not have a look in aldi they regularly do medion pc i bought one a few months ago and its a great machine 640gb drive 4gb ram intel duo core processor 2.88ghz nivida graphics card comes with vista on disc which is better than having recovery image on drive you get both vista 32 bit and 64 bit discs and quite a bit of good software including nero i run a 3 partion dual boot system c drive vista d drive files and e drive windows 7 beta and still runs fast even with a few programs open at once and on net i think aldi latest medion is a massive 1000gb drive and i think its aroung £480 but well worth its money.
I have recently 'upgraded' from a P4 2.8ghz on XP Pro to a Q6600 on Vista Home Premium. Don't expect a quantum leap in performance because for most tasks there will be no increase at all. Running multiple apps. with the quad core is a bit better than with my old machine but I have turned off all the 'bells & whistles' of Vista so that it closely resembles XP Classic Style. You would probably notice almost as much improvement by adding some more memory to your present machine.
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