Buying all the parts for my pro tools machine today and I am taking all of the advice given here. Thanks very much GLC and SonicVanGuard.
And yes, you can say: "I told you so".
After running pro tools (for testing purposes only) on my existing machine with AMD processor and Windows Media Center Edition, it took a few weeks but I eventually did encounter a few errors and multiple freezes, blue screens, etc.
Also encountered the problem with not enough RAM when things got really complicated.
Thanks again guys.
To stay malware free: AVG antivirus/antispyware, Malwarebytes anti malware, Commodo Pro free firewall, ccleaner, Windows updates. or....
just install Linux
Too many computers in this house to list. They are all my builds, some AMD some Intel...