"This is the laptop I found on sale for $500. If you can find a good deal like this, go for it. What I would change about it is the memory. 2GB is enough for running Windows Vista, but more is always better. A 160 GB is enough for me."
"Toshiba is a great brand. If you watch the sales in your town, you can get this for $100. You'll want to have an external hd to keep a back up of your important files (i.e. your music, and projects too)"