Originally Posted by pigpen02
SAVED around $700? A new computer shouldn't COST $700. Visit Circuit City or equivalent and look around.
It all depends on what you want. To be honest, you are both correct.
If you want to just get the bottom of the line model, the cheapest one possible, you simply can't beat the prices of the ones that have the sound card and video card built into the motherboard. My Brother in law and his wife wanted a computer and they picked out one of those bare bones entry level systems (like the cheapies they sell at best buy etc) and I couldn't build it for the price they were selling it for.
That said, I built mine myself, and when I built it, it was the equivalent to the top of the line Alienware models and I literally saved a thousand dollars or more. SLI, water cooled cpu and gpu etc.
To the OP, it would be cheapest to buy a new computer as opposed to buying a new operating system. You can get a system for a couple hundred dollars that comes with XP installed, where it would cost half that much to just buy XP by itself.