OK, been researching all morning (last week on the job...not like I'm gonna get fired or anything), and here is what I came up with.
Among others, I looked at the Dell and the HP, both of which were mentioned in posts above. I also looked at some by eMachines and CISNET (sp?), but am not familiar with these brands. I am leaning toward the Dell (primarily out of appearance, since it and the HP seem to be comparable in terms of capability).
For $1,278, I would get the following:
Dimension E310 - P4
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz, 800FSB), Genuine Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition
MS Office Basic and Adobe Acrobat 6.0
Memory 256MB DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz -1 DIMM (whatever the hell that means)
15 inch E156FP Analog Flat Panel
DataSafe 80GB (Includes main hard drive plus a hidden reserve hard drive)
APC Back-UPS ES 725 - Battery Backup
(probably useful for hurricane season)
Dell All In One Inkjet 944
PC-cillin Internet Security: AntiVirus, Firewall, Spyware removal 24-months
Dell A525 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer
All this will be shipped by next Wednesday (assuming I order it). Critiques? Anyone see any potential buyer's remorse?