I almost gave in and bought a system last night but had a last minute thought and double checked something. If I'm reading things right, Vista and VirtualDub do not get along. :/ My thoughts system-wise has been one of the Asus V1 (business laptop), G1 (gaming rig), or the Lenovo T60p (business laptop). They're all 15.4" core 2 duo with 2GHz processors, 256MB graphics, 1-2 GB RAM, and 100+ GB HDD... and they're all Vista. The Lenovo *would* be a great gamer's rig if it weren't for the graphics card. (It's not a bad card, but it's aimed more at 3-d apps (ex. CAD) than games.) Sadly that's what's keeping me from wanting it all out. I don't do 3-D CAD. 2-D yes, not 3-D. And not on my laptop. :P
As it is, because there's all the hype over some new mobile chipset coming out *next week* and DirX10 graphics, I'm wondering if I should be dropping my system requirements and aiming for a 2-year life span for this system and either find something with XP or get XP separately and reworking from there. I have no idea how that changes things though. Oh wait. There's a 64-bit version of XP isn't there? Or should I still be looking at 32-bit?? ......This is something that never occurred to me. (Installing XP on my own that is.) :/
I did spec out Dell since I can still specify which OS, but the graphics aren't as strong I'm as I'd like. I wonder if they have a separate interface for office systems?? I didn't really notice.
As it is, I'm about ready to scream and will probably start spec'ing out 14.1"(?) systems next. I'm not sure about dropping in screen size though. My previous system was a 14" 4:3 so it might be workable, especially since the widescreen would still maintain the resolution I'm used to working at. Shall see how the extended hunt goes. >.>
So, yeah. FWIW, I'm going to pick up a flash drive tonight in order to try and get some editing work done on this system and compile on it. I really don't think my previous system would handle compiling very well and I honestly don't know if it still has a living power supply. ^^;