7200RPM notebook hdd = for the win.
anything slower is a major pet peeve of mine.
the refurb store at dell is a heck of a deal.
i got my system which contains:
AMD Athlon 3800 Processor
1 GB DDR2
$300 with shipping plus tax (before any discounts/promotions)
The same system was retailing for $600 at the time.
I've built my own computers from scratch since 1998 but most recently I could get a much better deal buying a dell vs building my own..I'm not hardcore into games anymore either just browsing and movies.
In my office we have a Precision 690 with dual prescotts dual core ($3000 for two processors), 15K SAS drives in a Raid 0, 16GB ram and 4 monitors. Around $15,000 for the desktop designed for CAD work and 3d design/creation.
Make sure your gateway'* battery is not in their recall, they had one the same time dell did (a little later, dell was the first to come forward)