thanks for all the replies, and I think you've convinced me away from dell.
This is what I'm thinking:
Processor: AMD64 Athlon X2 4400+ 2Mb
Memory: 1.0GB DDR 400mhz
Optical Drive: 16x Sony Double-Layer DVD+/-RW and 52x CD-RW
PCI-Express Graphics card: ATI Radeon X800GTO PCI-E 256MB
Operating System: Geniune Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Those are the main things I'm thinking about now.
What do you guys think about these specs? I mean, is the graphics card going to work out, and the processor?
Thanks for your continued help, I'm getting really confused between the options and stuff, and now I've got my parents asking me about which laptop would be the best for them......