I love capitalism, competition in a free market. Consumers win every time.
If you get a new computer with XP, be sure and get one loaded with XP Pro. After Vista OS is released Microsoft is going to discontinue support for regular XP in 2 years.
Support for "XP Pro will continue for 7 years. This info via Kim Komando's newsletter.
"Big bargains ahead for desktop PC buyers
Falling prices on LCDs and microprocessors should bring users the best PC bargains in years
By Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service
July 28, 2006
"A battle between the world's two biggest microprocessor makers and oversupply in the LCD (liquid crystal display) panel industry have sent prices tumbling. Users should see the mark downs showing up in stores any time.
"Over the next few months buyers can expect to continue to see PC bargains as the industry clears stock of older inventory," said Charles Smulders, managing vice president of Gartner's client computing group. He said the fourth quarter might also offer good buying opportunities as PC makers try to keep up sales prior to the launch of Windows Vista early next year.
Longer term, price declines and performance improvements will return to a more normal rate, meaning users should take advantage of the current window of opportunity. "......