If you can read simple instructions and work a basic screwdriver, then building your own is probably the way to go here. You can go to eBay or http://www.pricewatch.com and pick up any parts you need for very reasonable prices. If you don't know how to build your own computer, there is an excellent book out there "Building a PC for Dummies" (yes, those books) that you can get from Amazon/Half.com that will make it easy. Many people are intimidated by building their own PC, and those same people are amazed by how ridiculously easy and simple it is, plus you will no longer have to pay some technician $50 to install new RAM or a new CD drive for you (which is WAY overpriced!)
If you still don't want to take this route, then www.pricewatch.com also sells desktop PCs at very reasonable prices, or you can get a barebones PC from them too, if you already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers left over from another PC. That is another way to save a few bucks. Good luck!
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