This computer was bought as a compromise with my wife, who is always trying to save a few dollars. The problem with that is that one gets that for which one pays. Inside, there is a 350 watt power supply that is barely adequate to power the RAM installed. If you want to add anything else, you'll need to repalce the supply with at least 500 watts. That'll cost about $100. The motherboard has limited expansion slots, so you won't be adding much. There is only one VGA port, so forget multiple monitors unless you add another video card. I did that and it disabled the onboard VGA. Adding a card will cost from $100 - $300. The DVD player/writer couldn't make recovery disks without errors. HP DVD's are prone to overheating when playing long DVD's or writing a lot of files to it. This is important, because you can't make backups unless you limit the number of files written in a session. Repalcing it with a Sony will cost about $125. The keyboard has a layout that will have you hitting the delete key instead of the return key. The only good part of the system is the monitor, and it's hard to read if there is any source of glare. This computer is "the gift that keeps on taking." If you have unlimited funds for replacing the bad parts, you'll love it. Otherwise, go with Dell or Gateway. The initial cost may be higher, but they won't be obsolete next week.
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