I need a new computer too. I am running a PIII 500 compaq. It is about 4 years old now. When i do build it will be a total custom job. And all the high end parts. I plan to budget about 1100-1500 for it with no monitor :!:
I built mine, with monitor for about $1200. did it thru www.newegg.com. AMD Athalon XP2100, 512 DDR RAM, 80GB HD, GE Force 5200 Ultra, CD-RW, 400W power supply, Variable speed CPU Fan, and 3 case fans, Chieftec Case, Windows XP OS, XP Pro Office Suite. I love my machine! Thinking I might build me another small power one to use a terminal machine in another room and use this as my server, linked wirelessly (is that a word?) of course!
My total was like 1900 something.
thats with a standard 17" monitor, 7660 printer/660 camera combo, karmon audio system. I did alot of checking around and i felt i got my best deal for what i wanted from hpshopping.com
everything else built the same was well over 2500.
Gateway was insane pricing!
Dell second of my options (with a Union pacific RR discount)
Wished i got a 17" flat panel, but decided it wasn't worth the almost 400 more. Should have it up and running with net at my new house sometime this week.