I bought a new computer for my son yesterday. it was kind of a knee-jerk.. impulse.. thing.
it was a pre-assembled (cash and carry) system
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
1024MB PC4200 DDR2
250GB Seagate SATA II
16x Ben-Q DVD-R
ASUS M2NPV-VM mobo*
*mini atx; nForce chipset; built in "Geforce-6" video (now disabled)$715
+ Antec Truepower 480watt PSU - installed myself$110
+ ASUS EN 7900GTX 512MB ("king kong" edition) - installed myself$585
total was $1495 (after tax).
I haven't bought a pre-built system since the "P3-600mhz with RDRAM" days.
I've built our last 4 computers (all AMD).
my son's old machine was a nforce1 motherboard with athlon 2400+, 512MG, geforce5900.
I built it about 3 years ago and then just kept upgrading with graphics cards.
but they don't build new graphics cards in AGP anymore..
..so it couldn't really be upgraded past a certain point.
(*cough* even with Xbox hijacking moore's law and ensuring that I'll never
have a software-reason to upgrade.. it was only a matter of time thanks to the marketting genious behind PCI-E, and SATA: if all else fails.. introduce a new form factor! that'll MAKE them buy new hardware! mwahaha! erm.. *cough*)
--> I've been meaning to build a new rig for him for months now but I finally took the easy way out and bought a pre-build instead
(my inner geek was napping)