I've been fleshing out idea's for starting some freelance work for the past few months, and I think I'm ready to start setting up my computer for work. It's a laptop, here's the stats: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz 3 Gigs of ram The laptop is running Vista at the moment, and it's not too bad but it can get a little sluggish when running Blender 3D or several Photoshop projects. I wonder if I would see an increase in speed + compatibility if I was running XP. The machine will mostly be used for web, photoshop/design, and the occasional game (usually starcraft, nothing big). Also it does a fair bit of movie watching and torrenting.