budget - less than $500 if I can help it, but I don't know if it's going to be possible from the little online shopping I've done =(. I probably can spend a little more, but it will postpone the purchase.
primary uses - web browsing, light downloading, listening to music, and plain old text documents
software - antivirus, something to run music and video from, audacity (music editing software)
games - none
how many programs at once - 3 at most
picture/music storage - about 30GB
I have never had to buy a computer before (always just took someone's handmedowns), and I want to make sure I don't have to turn around and immediately upgrade a processor or RAM or something that I didn't know enough to get the appropriate kind of in the first place. I assume my usage habits are pretty tame compared to most and that anything in the store should do me just fine ... but PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong.