[H] went and picked up an HP Pavilion a1330n from a local reseller.  Follow them through the purchase, set up, benchmarking, and the inevitable call to Tech Support.

For those who prefer to build their own, Ryan has updated the PCPer Hardware Leaderboard, don’t go shopping before you read his recommendations!
“One of the most talked-about OEMs on our forums is Hewlett-Packard (HP). It’s one of the ‘Big Three’ of Tier I computer manufacturers: Dell, Gateway, and HP-Compaq. This will be the first HP we’ve taken a look at. We picked up our machine as part of the research for our Retail Purchasing article and decided that since we had it sitting around, we might as well put it through the [H] Consumer ringer”

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