Right now I'm typing on a Sony Vaio PCG-K33 that's somewhere around 7-8 years old. It was given to me by someone who thought it was done because it was so slow and junked up. For starters, I have been in the trades and construction for the past ten years. The extent of my computer schooling and training is a DOS programming class back in high school. My point is you don't have to be a technical genius to figure out how to cleanup and maintain a pc. I downloaded some registry cleanups, disk defrags, and maintenance programs from cnet.com for free. I wiped the hard drive clean and then installed the max ram for this machine (1 gig). Then installed free spyware and anti-virus. My only cost was $50 for the ram and about 2-3 hours of work. From the time I push the on button to the time the wireless networks connects and the internet is at my fingertips is about 90 seconds, and that's just fine with me. Programs boot quickly and I've never had a crash, going on 5 months now. I'm glad I gave this old thing new life. My previous compter was a Sony Vaio FZ-140 that I bought brand new in 2007 and it ran flawlessy (with vista I might add) and with lightening speed for 3 years right up until somebody lifted it over their head and smashed it into the ground. We don't need to get into why that happened, but the hard drive survived the smash. I do understand why people like Macs. You don't need to put any thought into purchasing or maintenance. It is possible to get taken when buying a PC if you don't know what hardware specs to look for. But spend a little time getting to know what's under the hood and I think you can get a honey of a deal on a pc.