thanks for all the replies. I have been looking at the 400sc, I got one myself last september it was a smoking deal then and its still a pretty decent deal now. I can probably convince her to get a gig of ram but not sure about any more.
The classes she's gonna take get pretty in depth. She's been talking to some people that are in the classes right now and they'll get projects that take 18-20 hours to do and have to have them done in 2 days sometimes. So I want her to get the fastest computer she can within reason to cut down some of that time, as she's a perfectionist and I'm sure she's gonna want to run some of those filters over and over with slightly different settings and such. Not sure on filesizes I'll get her to ask.
I guess she could just go with a 74 gig raptor for her main drive, the 40 gig drive that comes with the 400sc as pagefile, if we go that route and I can't convince them to take the drive back (when I got my 2.8 400sc I sent back the ram and hard drive for close to 200 bucks I guess now its hit and miss on wether they take it back), and then another drive as the scratch file.
I tried to tell her about getting a tablet but she won't listen, she's used a tablet for a couple of minutes at an apple store and hated it. I think in her classes they will show them how to use the tablet and she'll be sitting down and then maybe she'll like it better so for now thats not gonna happen.
She's got a decent mouse I told her about the logitech but she really liked the new wireless red mouse from microsoft. She went specifically to target to get it since target is the only one who carries the red one.
She's got a 15 inch lcd right now and she agree's that she should upgrade to something bigger. But unfortunately she doesn't want a crt, she hates the bulk. So I don't know what we'll end up doing there. Definately still keep the 15 on as a second monitor though.
She gets free color and black n white printing at the school so we can skip that part
Yeah I figured a basic vid card would work, I have an old radeon 9200 I can throw in or maybe talk her into spending a bit and getting something she can play some games with so we can play against each other. And I wasn't sure what the video alpha was?
I wasn't sure if maybe the newest p4's sse3 would be really beneficial for photoshop or not and if photoshop would benefit from the 1 meg cache on some of the p4 chips. I know all about hardware for games and somewhat for servers but I just dont' really know what photoshop benefits from. I would of course go with somethign with alot of memory bandwidth like 800mhz p4 or socket 939.
I'm sure I'm missing something but when and if I think of it I'll post back. Thanks again for all the replies.