I just built a new computer...
Athlon 64 X2 4400+
1gb RAM (800mhz)
IDE drive, 7200 RPM for main OS
drive, 80 GB
SATA drive, as storage drive
Asus 20x DVD+/-RW
w/ LightScribe (lightscribe rocks!)
I only have integrated graphics right now... its 128mb shared. The motherboard is an Gigabyte 690G socket AM2. The graphics on it is ATI Radeon Xpress 1250. It has HDMI, Hi-def audio, DVI, and a ton of cool features.
Aero runs fine... Only thing I need more of asap is RAM. Mostly because of the shared video memory. I can play games on low details ok... would be better with more ram.
Once I turned off UAC (user access control... the annoying popups asking if you really want to run the program). Things seem arranged well... and Vista runs faster than XP
did on this machine, IMO. More ram, again, would help (running 80-90 % full on RAM meter).... but still!
So... I like it a lot more than XP
. Nicer looking... runs smoother... more organized...