my aunt desires a new computer, and isn't willing to spend alot of money (around 500 bucks is the spending limit). my aunt's computer has been busted for quite a while, and she doesn't need any special programs, expect perhaps a word processing program, so her computer usage isn't going to be much. simple, right? no. with windows vista now out, programs won't work with this os, and all of the cheap computers come with the ultra pathetic home basic, which isn't worth much. so the challenge was to see if there are any decent pc's under 500 bucks that have vista home preinum or windows xp on them, as she seems okay with windows, but home basic would be the worst. on initial look, there are none... combined with the total disaster that vista is, i thought that it was time to consider for her a mac. since the budget is pretty tight, i went to the refurb store, and found her one for 480 (it's the lowest end one: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nplm=FA205LL/A). she already has a monitor and keyboard and mouse, so that is not a problem. i'm also wondering if 512 mb ram would be good enough for her basic usage if she got the mac, as i heard anything under 1 gb would be a slowdown. she's been using windows all her life however, and if i got her the mac mini, it would be her first mac. but my mom (her sister) is still mac-phobic, even after i bought my macbook two months ago after refusing to buy a mac for months, which ended up me buying it with my own money. so she's shooting me down for even considering a mac, thinking of them as all ultra high computers. i'm not trying to make my aunt a switcher, but at least give the mac mini a look.