If you guys think Dell is overpriced, go take a look at a Gateway. I sell Gateways and Dell beats our prices 99% of the time, sometimes by over a couple hundred bucks, then I have to charge $99 to ship it, I'll be the first to admit it is ridiculous.
Even with my Gateway discount Dell was almost cheaper.
I was impressed with the www.ibuypower.com
website and next time I want to buy a system I will go there because I think I'd mess something up trying to build my own.
Sometimes dell has the free flat panel monitors though, I don't see how anyone can keep up with them on price when they run those promo's.
Also the dells come with the OS, I hate having to pay extra for that. I know a lot of people who build there own have bootleg copies of that though.
I do think Gateway makes a pretty good computer and know some of you will think I'm crazy for saying that.
I got 20% off and free shipping and spent 1210 counting tax for this.
17" LCD, Audigy 2 ZS, 400 RMS watt surround sound, P4 3.0, 1 gig PC3200, 160 gig HD, DVD rom, DVD RW, Radeon X300. Plays far cry on medium settings perfectly, plus it's got gangster sound which was most important to me.