Yes, I would agree that hp's are a bit of a dissapointment. But mine i've had is a huge step UPWARDS from my Piece of crap Compaq i used to own.
Maybe when i am in college, w/ the open shop for techies, is when i will build my own machine.
A+ Core Hardware, Software Certified (May 13 2005)
the new beast...
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Barton running at 2.16 Ghz.
GeForce MX 4000 (mainly takes the load off the main system)
Creative Labs Audigy 24-bit sound.
Some Case from tigerdirect
512 MB Ultra DDR RAM.
80GB Seagate HDD
LiteOn CD-RW / DVD ROM drive.
currently looking at a litescribe drive at staples, due to its ability to label the CD shortly after being burned.