Windows Vista has already slipped to 4th quarter 2006 ( http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/072805-vista.html), and may very well slip further, based on Microsoft's history. Further, the only chips currently being produced that will run Vista are being built by AMD...meaning not a single Dell computer currently shipping will be satisfactory (since they only use Intel). More info: http://news.com.com/Could+HPs+AMD+laptop+sway+Dell/2100-1006_3-5760558.html. Even once Vista is out you'd have to wait for the school exam software to make the upgrade, which could take some time. To sum up, most current PCs are incompatible with Vista on a hardware level, so upgrades won't work for most users, even those with "current" systems. You mentioned some good reasons to put off the purchase, but waiting for Vista isn't one of them. FYI, if you're looking for Vista-compatible hardware, make sure you have a 64-bit processor in your system (such as the AMD Turion listed in the article).
I would strongly recommend waiting until you are just about ready to start LS.You know the saying "your computer is out of date as soon as you leave the store". Also, be sure you check with your school to see if you need something specific. I would recommend making sure you have wireless capeabilities, as most campuses have that available.
lol....you definately dont need a 64 bit proc to run vista...you think they are just trying to sell it to the half million people using athlon 64s???
Quote from: Sir Lancelittle on August 08, 2005, 07:56:11 PMlol....you definately dont need a 64 bit proc to run vista...you think they are just trying to sell it to the half million people using athlon 64s???Youíve been thinking about your response for a week, and it still wasnít any good. How sad. Wait! I get it! Your whole post was a metaphor for Vista, so that in the same way people will probably be disappointed with the finished product after the ultra-long wait, youíve intentionally disappointed me in a similar fashion. I must admit I nearly didnít pick up on it. Nice one.