Didn’t want the hassle of assembling my own PC this year so I went out and bought a “branded” one.
The price of PCs have really gone down, I remember the 1st PC we bought cost around $3000 (Compaq higher-end), the 2nd about $2300 (Acer mid-range), the 3rd about $1800 (self assembled mid-range, exclude monitor)
This Acer cost $1399 (mid-range)
Comes with wireless mouse/keyboard, 23” LED monitor, 1TB HDD, 4GB memory, Nvida geforce GT420, Windows 7 home..
Setting Up the OS…
Not sure about the other brands, but Acer does not include system restore discs anymore, I had to burnt the system restore & bundled software onto my own empty DVDRs during startup.
The 23” LED monitor is great for viewing my long excel spreadsheets, dont have to freeze panels anymore!