I'll probably get hate mail just for the title.
I love my Mac and I'm fond of saying "you can have my mac when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." Truth is, my six-year-old Mac is overloaded. I've never had a virus, never had to send it in for repairs, enjoyed every moment on it. But I think it's given me all it can give. So, I had hoped to replace it.
Facing financial reality, though, I realize that the wiser choice right now is to purchase a PC. A Mac laptop with lots of memory and the software I need will cost about $2000. My sister just ordered a Dell laptop for about $374. (It's the one featured on the back of the Parade magazine.) My software will be about $400 more and I'll have to get a new router for my wireless.
Maybe my financial status will improve in about three years and I will be able to get another Mac. For now, this is the best choice as opposed to another credit card.
I know most of you use PCs, so anything you would recommend would be great. I need something reliable, as I use it for freelance assignments, lots of Internet (my life is very boring) and do some photos. I have about $800 to spend. Any input from all of you that so love your PCs would be great. I have worked on a PC before.