Well, I was in need of a computer, nothing fancy, and needed a warranty as the wife may be here at home without me to mess with it. So, I bought a HP Pavilion 1250n, and had Comp Usa put a PCI Express ATI x700 256mb card. I needed it quick too as I fried my Alienware, of five years (but upgraded a few times), and I am leaving in 5 days, and live in Hawaii. Rock and a hard place.
Anyways, I knew there were proprietery software, hardware etc, but I asked if I needed later in life to change the hardrive, OS (I have 2 WXP PRO's laying around, ) and CPU and the guy said no because the motherboard/cpu or something has serial numbers/codes or some BS that wouldnt allow me to change anything. I find it hard to believe that I couldnt format the thing and put a new OS, or CPU etc.