You need a new system. Look at spending around $600-800 at the least for a new one. You can add more ram to your current one, but it's not going to help much of anything that that gimpy little processor it has.
By beginner I wasn't trying to put you down - I just kinda meant that unless you are going to be working at a way higher level than me then 2.74 GB of RAM should be more than enough!
3D art is indeed an entirely different thing and would need entirely different software, different skills and superior hardware.
There are plenty of people that do great art with a Wacom Bamboo fun - it is a decent tablet and you would only need to upgrade if you got to a stage where you felt it was limiting you and understood exactly how. Never think your art will magically get better if you buy more expensive kit, it just doesn't work that way...
I have been using various versions of GIMP on various machines for years. I am absolutely certain that if you get GIMP from the official site it doesn't come with any viruses at all. I suspect your issue is that if you just google GIMP you will get offered a lot of downloads from various legitimate looking but unoffical sites that generally come riddled with malware - but to a greater or lesser extent that is the same for any piece of software and isn't a problem with GIMP itself.
Painter is great software though - if that is what you intend to use then that will be great!
No. I know what you were saying. I know it wasn't a putdown. I was just trying to clarify a little. I'm pretty sure I will be. I have a strong love for details and landscapes. Especially fantasy art and concept art.
Don't worry I learned that the hard way. Like they say "A beginner can make even a Stradivari sound bad." What's the art equivalent for that? "A beginner can make even Old Holland look bad?" lol I don't know.
I'll admit I just have it out for gimp. I hate it, but hey whatever works. I just downloaded trials of a couple. I'm really loving Painter 12 I'll more than likely end up with it. Considering splurging even though I know it's unnecessary. The oil paints are great on there! I'm going to play around with a couple first before I spend so much.
It lags. I'm running firefox with no more than 3-4 tabs and it lags. It lags while running games too. I assumed it was RAM related. Am I wrong? I'm questioning the previous owners methods too. It has something called utorrent and I'm not so sure this is geunuine windows 7. As there's already a torrent of 8 they had set up. It was sold to my grandparents pawnshop. So I'm not expecting some issues, but I'm happy to have anything to work with at all.