I'm looking for some advice on a new system. I want to try to spend as little as possible and still have a pretty fast machine. The most resource intensive program it will run will be Photoshop. Other than that it will just be for browsing the internet and such. I'm not really sure where I should start. If anyone could just make some suggestions on components to get me started, it would be great. Thanks .
... If you don't want the fun of building, the quickest way to get a good, cheap system is to pick up a manu refurb from a site like ubid.com. Make SURE it comes with the manufacturer's warantee. I'm typing this from a q6600 based HP system with asus mb, SB-xfi, 2 x dvd, 2GB, 320GB disk and TV capture card that cost <$600 delivered last summer. No way I could have gotten thouse parts for under $600.
For photoshop and other video editing a quad core is a price performer. Go for 4gb memory and 32-bit vista or 8GB and vista64. No need for high end video.