Judging by history, this gets asked every 6 months or so.
In the past, I've been quite happy with Dell, BUT I worked with pictures (photos) only. Now I'm moving into video, with the possibility of some animation.
Is the Dell Inspiron still my best choice? I love a 1920x1200 screen, BUT- they can only take 2GB (!) This would normally probably be fine, BUT now I'm forced to buy Memory Hog Vista with any new machine.
So- HP, Toshiba, Sony, even (gulp) Apple are options. It's not like I have legacy video software I need to run.
Which machine, and how much RAM / drive space, do you recommend?