My mother in-law has been getting hand me down machines for about five years. When you are on a fixed income, the luxury of a new PC or laptop is a bit far removed. This time however she wanted a new machine and kicked in a couple of hundred bucks. So I kicked in a few myself and decided to take advantage of a Dell deal on a new Dimension.
She's getting a 5150, Dual Core 2.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, 19" flat panel monitor and 3 year warranty for $549.
Oh, and I ordered it Sunday afternoon while the Dallas Cowboys were getting beat. It arrives today and that's with free shipping. Ordered Sunday, shipped Monday and arrives Tuesday.
Not bad eh?
UPDATE: It just dropped another $50 to $499. See http://www.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/hot_offers_dt?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd for details. Expires 9/13.