Can someone give me an idea of what the minimum hardware requirements are for a PC that will be used mostly for internet, as well as playing DVDs? (I have a 900Mhz, 512mb XP system). I ask because the system I've been using gets progressively more sluggish after a reformat and re-install. There seems to be a lot of background operations going on that I cannot find. I alternate between installing Avast! and AVG after routine XP re- installs and I usually disable as much I can in "Start Up" for all the good it does because after a while the boxes tend to get checked again anyway. The sluggishness now occurs immediately after a new XP install, so it is not malware. It seems that that problem may be that the increasing complexity of software that I've been using for years may be the culprit. (Not that I install much software). I do have issues with jerky video at Youtube, and even worse issues with loading pages at Photobucket, but that may be my connection. (Even though I'm told by Verizon that there isn't a problem). But the biggest problem involves random freezing of my cursor, freezing with switching between tabs, freezing when typing, etc. Every operation I perform with the mouse or keyboard can randomly get hung up, necessitating a waiting period. At worse I have to reboot. Sometimes going as far as having to pull the plug out the back of the PC case because the pc case on/off button will not work. ("Ctrl+Alt+Del" doesn't work at all on my system). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Darren Harris Staten Island, New York.