i daresay nothing makes me sadder than my computer being made to seem completely useless by a stupid game.
...it doesn't even meet the minimum system requirements. :\
granted, i never play games, but how am i supposed to be a competent designer on something so hideously out of date? i keep thinking that i could shave 30+ seconds off of my photoshop load time for about $150, and really, i open photoshop at least 6 times a day. that's 3 minutes a day... that's over 18 hours a year i could save of my valuable time just with opening photoshop. i've never actually really thought about how long i wait for opening programs a year, and working that out, just made me really, really sad.
*sigh* being a broke college student can suck my ass.
OTOH, at least you won't be designing things that would open extra-sucky-slow on an older PC, like a lot of people with the latest bleeding-edge kit do.
I'm at about the same point you are, where my PC just barely meets minimum hardware requirements (games are the worst. They're usually written for the latest and greatest kit. Good think I'm not into games).
Inverse DSW, huh? OK.
It's a no-name clone I bought in the late 90s and have upgraded since. Asus P2B motherboard (100MHz), 392 (or is it 394?) MB of memory (old DIMMS, but it's error-correcting, also 100 MHz), PIII 550 CPU. I added a 100 meg Promise ATA card to speed up my hard drive access. But I have a decent video card and a 17" LCD monitor. All I use it for is web surfing and a little websire development. I don't do fancy Photoshoppage or run a database on it or anything. No raytrace rendering. So it's adequate.
The hottest computer I have is my Gateway tablet PC, at a PIII 833 with half a gig of RAM.
lol okay, these are the two computers i use the most often (i have lots and lots of computers here):
my pc that i'm always on is a slot a athlon 650 that i built in 99. it has 384 of pc100 and a 5200 20 gig bigfoot hdd. i have an nvidia card that's pretty decent, and a decent dvd rom, but only a 100meg zip drive (which came in handy when macs still used zips and i had to transfer between the two) and a fucking 2x cdr, it's not even an rw... just an r. and i'm using an old 17" crt that's about to die.
my mac is a clamshell ibook. g3 300mhz, 6 gig hdd, 256 ram (i'm not sure what speed). cdrom drive that's around 8x. it has no expansion capabilities and only one usb port.
i use the full adobe and macromedia suite on both of these computers, and they run comparably, which is sad because the mac is half the computer on paper, and it can still keep up with the pc, actually it can sometimes outperform my pc.