I am about to upgrade my hardware as my current set up hasn't got the guts. The main tasks my Pc struggles with are rendering in after effects and premiere software. My processor is only 1.1gig and I only have 300+ memory. I want this hardware update to be able to handle decent editing software for months to come. Have you any advice that I would be grateful of?? Oh and yes, should I get a dvd writer as most of the dv films I edit for college wont fit on cd rom. Maybe an external hard drive is the answer but I am working on cross platform. Does this matter? Cheers.