I need a new computer... Mac or PC???

My poor old computer that I bought back in March 2008 is tired and old and doesn’t like things like YouTube, fancy webpages, or just being active for too long. All these things make it crash. Sigh.

It’s clearly time to get a new computer. But I don’t know what to get. So I’m asking you!!

Basically, all I use a computer for is:
- to play on RedBubble, ADPOTD and Shutterbugs
- to edit photos (with CS4)
- to check emails (hotmail)
- to occasionally write reports or make spreadsheets (Word and Excel)

I don’t need anything fancy, but I want a computer that will enable me to do all of the above (sometimes at the same time) without having to wait for ten minutes for things to load. I also don’t want a laptop… a good desktop computer with a generous-sized screen would be perfect. My budget is around the $1000 mark.

I’m reluctant to switch from a PC to a Mac, but I’ve heard so many photographers rave about their Macs, that I am curious about what EXACTLY makes them a better alternative for photographers…

Any tips/explanations/suggestions/considerations will be very gratefully accepted!!

Thanks!!
:)
Mieke.

EDIT: Thanks to the generous advice-giving of all the Bubblers below, I will NOT be purchasing a new computer (lol!) but rather re-formatting and upgrading my existing PC… and spending my hard-earned $$$ on a big, fancy monitor!!! THANK YOU ALL… HEAPS!!!

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