I am a newbie and also aware from the Videoguys website that you are not fans of Sony Vaio's for NLE. Nevertheless, I have inherited a PCV-RZ22G with a Intel P4, 2.40b Ghz processor, Sony DVD +/- R and +/-RW Burner, 512 MB Ram, 80 GB (7200 rpm) hard drive, USB 2.0 and iLink S400 ports with Movie Shaker and Click to DVD software. It also has Premire 6 LE installed and a Giga Pocket (I am not sure what that does yet).
As a newbie I plan to cut my teeth on the installed software. Do you have any recommendations including pros and cons about installing a second hard drive (Must it be internal or can it be external - since have USB and Firewire ports)? After my teeth cutting do you have a software recommendation for a more comprehensive NLE? Video Guys is a very helpful website for newbies and experienced as well. Congratulations. Thanks.