It will be doing everything, home computer, decal designs and cutting as well. We dont want a gaming thing or anything like that. I did have a mac. I absolutely HATED it. Sorry, if youre a mac fan that's great. I am not. We were looking at Sony Vaio with the faster processor. The i5 or something like that? I dont know anything about amd athlon processors.
A PC guy all the way.
MAC is acknowledged by many as the better graphics computer, and a more stable platform, so I won't argue with that. However, does adobe illustrator or photoshop operate differently on a MAC? What I am simply saying is that the platform should not dictate the computer you choose. If your are comfortable with a PC, as you said you hated a MAC, then by all means go for a PC no matter how superior a MAC is or is said to be. For computers, I prefer comfortable to better, for as long as don't need the better.
But with regards to Sony Vaio, owned one, hated it and lost no time selling it. Don't really know why but liked my old original Dell more(not a Japanese surplus).
4GB RAM should be the bottom line as adviced above.
A decent desktop is better if you won't be going mobile.