My opinion is, since you are going to take the dive. Do it right from the start. Purchase a better computer. There cheap on ebay a good p4 2.4 ghz can be had for about $150.00 (when you lucky) Dell SX260. You are going to spend all the money on power supplies and other stuff. Do it right and chip in the extra 100 - 200 bucks and get the right computer as well.
Just my opinion
software, (photoshop, acrobat) and thats to be expected. my crappy 2.0 celeron even ran it fine.
winamp IS bloated - use a very very old version. the old version is very very sleek and efficient - doesnt hog your computer.
Duct tape and a Bandana for the win, b!shes!!!
Cost so far: Less than a grand ;]
Economy/Commuter cars + Computers = many entertained miles
I use the newest Winamp on a PIII 600 with 256RAM and it runs quickly w/o any hitches....
I don't know what you all are talking about "bloated"....
Ah, winamp is for lazzy coderz dudes.... bass.dll rul3z
Now Galileo is real. Muhahahahaha :p