I got all busy at work today, or I would have posted this earlier: I, uh, bought a computer. I held out less than 18 hours after saying I wasn't going to rush, but oh well. We found a coupon in Rob's e-mail for $350 off a Dell Inspiron desktop, which expired today. And this morning columbina and I did some conferring about what I actually needed to have a system suitable for playing games, and decided that with some upgrades, the Inspiron would work. Even with a number of extras including an obscenely big widescreen monitor, it came out under $1000. (Let's put it this way... this monitor is bigger than our last TV.) I really don't think this system is likely to get much cheaper than that, anyway.