You can save on shipping by getting stuff from fewer sources. But this can be done for under $300 including a case. AT cases are cheaper than ATX. Even on Pricewatch you can an AT Case with 250 watt power supply for $13 + $9+ shipped. The mobo I suggested is a new design with better built-in video than previous designs. It'll do fine for anything except 3D gaming.
[This message has been edited by Dave_B (edited 12-03-2000).]
Competing in the Ultra Low end is pretty tough. I'd stick with the system you were looking at.
Now if you had a little more money, I'd build a system. You could get:
Mid-Tower Case $30
250w Sparkle $30
Abit KT7 $130
AMD Duron 700 $60
52x CD ROM $30
20GB HD $100
GeForce2 MX $100
Sound Blaster Live Value $40
56k Moden or 10/100 NIC $15
128MB PC133 SDRAM $50
92mm Case Fan $10
GlobalWin FOP32-1 $20
Good sterio speakers with sub $50
Scroll mouse $10
Good 17" monitor $200
You are looking at about $1000 for a good system that you can upgrade. You can also overclock the Duron to 900Mhz pretty easy. If you want better, you can add a GeForce2 GTS and an Athlon 800 for an extra $150 or so. You can also up the memory to good quality cas2 for an extra $50.
If you went with integraded everything on a Celeron 633Mhz system with 64MB memroy, you will still run $450+ monitor and have a crappy sound system/speekers and horrable 3D Graphics.
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The Dell systems are really good. Dell is really going to woop the competitors with their prices, because its great for people who want a new low end system. My girlfriend is getting the P3 800 from Dell.
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The reason dells systems are so cheap is buying power. Dell can buy the stuff in bulk thus making it cheaper for them to buy and then in turn they can sell it cheaper. so you will be v.v.v. lucky to get one as cheap. trust me i work for a computer firm.
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If it's a difference of about $100 (Canandian or American) just build your own; the difference is that you'll have higher quality parts than anything Dell puts in their cheap-*** cases anyway. Suck up the extra cash somehow but don't buy name-brand PCs unless you have to; you'll learn alot more about a computer in the bargain.