Okay, with Christmas coming up, my sister wants a new computer. Depending on what the price comes up to be, I'm considering giving one to her as a gift (so I can set it up at home on the hi-speed internet to download stuff like spyware protection, etc...I'm pretty sure her current computer is completely infested with that stuff, and she's on dialup, so really hard to download stuff from her place)...if I don't get it as a gift for her, I'll still be helping her choose one. I'm trying to get an idea though of what to recommend to her. She's not by any means a "power" user. Her primary uses are for email, some internet surfing, and saving pictures and movies from the video camera. For some reason, she thinks she needs a DVD burner, but I'm not sure she really needs that (I need to inquire more about why she thinks she needs it...she just might be clueless about how much she can store to a CD, or knowing her, she might think only music can go on a CD). Once in a while she needs to write a letter. The other thing I want to consider in offering recommendations to her is that my nephew is currently about 2 1/2, so given the length of time my sister goes between upgrades, this computer will last at least through his early primary school years. That means I'd want it to be capable of handling educational children's games/software. When he gets old enough to play more than that and/or need it more for school, it'll be time to upgrade to something newer. I was looking at some of the inexpensive Dell computers. A lot of them come with only 256 MB of RAM (the cheap ones with good deals right now)...for photos, I think she'd have to get at least 512 MB, right? I also noticed a strange footnote on their CD/DVD+/-RW combo drive... Does that mean you need to get additional software that's not included if you get the drive? And what is it compatible with? If she sends me a DVD, will I be able to view it on my computer? If it's that much of a hassle, I might just recommend she hold off on the DVD burner and get an external drive for it. Basically, if I was buying for myself, when in doubt, I'd go with more memory, faster processor, etc, to keep a little ahead of my needs, but she's a very different type of user than I am, and price is more of a factor for her, so it's important to figure out what the minimum is that she can get away with for her uses. Oh, one other question...other than price, what's the difference between Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition, and Windows XP Professional Edition (just the boiled down explanation please)? I'm only familiar with XP professional edition, so don't know what will be missing or different in the other versions. From what I've described of her uses, is the Home Edition sufficient?