Rule #1 you get what you pay for in computers.
the pentium chips are the low end of the spectrum as far as processors go. In a vista world you want to start with 2gb of ram and be able to go more, the t5274 max out a 2gb. When it gets slow you will be in the market for a new computer. (same for a compaq)
If you shop around you can find a dell or a gateway with more (or at least up-gradeable to 4gb ram) under the hood for a few more bucks. Remember, you are buying performance and up-gradeability.
E-machines used to be a good buy before vista came out but they have not stepped it up.
I'm about to purchase a new desktop computer. I had made up my mind that I would purchase the Emachine T5254 because of the price and good reviews. It's apparently been discontinued and it looks like Emachine T5274 is supposed to take it's place.
My question is why the T5274 gets such a lower rating and worse reviews? Both computers are at the same price point ($399) and when I compared them it looks like (to my non-technical eye) that they are pretty much the same computer. What are the differences? Why are the reviews more negative than for the T5254?