Hi Everyone, this is my first post! Woohoo!
Van, your system will be fine. It is overkill for now, and the "latest and greatest" software probably won't bog it down for a couple years.
In addition to the good comments from miwhel and Alan, I would recommend you not overlook the mouse... get a laser mouse, not one with a ball in it. You'll be really glad.
HD space: Pinnacle will die if it doesn't have 30G of free disk space. That means Pinnacle is installed, your mpgs are on the hd, and you are ready to begin your project... you must have 30G of free space left on your defragmented HD.
Think first about getting an extra 200G drive just for your video data: mpgs and projects. Then also think hard about a directory structure in which you archive old mpgs onto data dvd's, labeled and retreivable, so that they can be reinstalled in the directory that the project expects to find them in. Don't ask me how I know.
Hope this helps. Once again, Hi everyone!
Cogito Ergo Zoom~
"I think, therefore I zoom in for the right shot"