This is what I'm getting (OK, quit sniggering about it being an E-Machines model):
* AMD Athlon™ XP 2000+ Processor
* 512MB DDR (PC 2100) Memory
* 80GB Hard Drive
* 32x10x40 Max CD-RW Drive
* 16x Max DVD Drive
* 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Drive
* 56K ITU v.92 Fax/Modem
* 10/100Mbps Built-In Ethernet
* AC '97 Audio Sound
* S3 ProSavage8 Integrated Video
* Keyboard And Wheel Mouse
* Amplified Speakers
* Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
All of this for $555.52 including tax and delivery ... which is going to be spread out over 4 "easy payments" ... so I'm only going to be having to come up with $140/month for four months, which I think I can manage. Except for only having 512megs of ram (I will eventually bump that up to 1gig, the system will take up to 2gigs), it has all the stuff I was looking for, including dual CD-R and DVD drives, a big HD, and a "current era" processor ... plus, it has USB ports and audio jacks on the front (a long-running wish for my current system). I figure I would have spent pretty much the cost of this new system trying to get my current one up to those numbers!
Now I really really need to get a job, but I'll feel better about a new gig without having to be "embarassed" about my home system!