Re: New build opinions
Thats a pretty nice build for general use IMO. I don't think I would change anything, and that is a nice price.
I would say go with Vista to provide some sort of future proofing. Also, with SP1, Vista became more reliable and quicker, so should provide a better experience. If money is an issue, or your parents are used to XP, than get that instead. I would let them look at a PC with Vista on it just to see if they like it better. I personally say go with Vista anyway.
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