Like you a silver surfer. I would have a look at Novotech. Also I have a second identical built in hard drive as a back up and an external USB one as well. I would go for Windows 7 64 bit.I have recently bought a laptop as well, and suggest a 5i processor (between 3i and 7i). I personally have a Creative X- Fi sound card and modest speakers- I think worth the extra. Others may comment on other aspects.