although 7600gs wont allow max settings. but u can upgrade later. otehr than that hp is a good company that has good support as i own 2 computers from them, they are relatively reliable, although i highly suggest getting an upgraded powersupply unit when it arrievs as it comes with a cheap 400watt-450watt psu that i dont think is sufficient.
I have about 1700-2000 for a new desktop system. I'd like to maximize my gaming potential for the years ahead (and am willing to wait a month or two if people feel it's worth it) but was enticed by the HP M7680Y tonight due to its affordable cost especially when compared to Dell; whose systems seem incredibly expensive compared to HP with similar specs.
I had a HP M7680Y with 2.3 GHZ Core 2 Duo processor, 2 gig of ram, a 512MB Geforce 7600GS (or, didn't know if I should go for the 256MB 7500LE?) for around $1800 which included a 19" flat panel and a 3 year at home service warranty.
I would appreciate any thoughts, advice etc.
One clarification: I am a total noob when it comes to anything "tech" and will rely on their repair service (whichever company) if anything goes wrong. My last system was an Alienware and they totally screwed me even though I had their top warranty when I bought an Area-51m laptop from them. So I feel cautious and would like that taken into account in terms of any opinions you might have?