e.alleg wrote:The average computer user that uses it for internet and word processing needs very little, 1ghz and 1gb ram would do just fine and I doubt anyone except hardcore gamers would notice any difference over that.
I'd actually suggest much less, more like a p2 running around 300ghz with 128 or 256 of ram with win98se as a OS. You'd might want to bump that up if they were image hobbyist but that is about the only thing that actually requires any amount of power that your average consumer is gong to do on a computer. Other than that, gaming and video encoding and video decoding
is the only other two that some consumers would be interested in. You can never have enough resources for encoding video and HD video decoding for viewing is going to do number on any under powered processor.
Hardcore gamer on the other hand would definitely notice 1ghz, you can't run Doom3 with 1ghz and that was released something like 2 years ago. Slowest machine i saw it running on was my brothers AMD2200 but he had pretty good graphics card but it barely ran on the lowest settings.