The price drop in Jan/Feb has happened for more than a decade. Bet on it.

But the big news for me is next years move to DUAL CORE CPUs. I've owned more than a few DUAL CPU machines which were great to use. We ran Windows NT or 2000 and today XP will use such features. The BIG HAMMER will be the DUAL CORE ATHLON 64 BIT CPU. Since AMD has demo units out on tour now, it's a reality and what I'll wait for.

As to storage, 120 and up GB drives are abundant and cheap. And DVD writers are in the 99 dollar range.

I would not purchase in 2004 if I could avoid it.