Look at http://www.tomshardware.com to see which CPU and GRAPHICS CARD comes out ahead.
As to the DVD recorder, it's a RIP-OFF. It's only and DVD+R/W without support for DVD-R and DVD-R/W and since I can buy such a drive for 79 bucks on sale, this is not a great item to have.
Yes, it will play DVD movies.
I am selling my laptop and getting a HP Pavilion 735n or a Dell Dimenion 4600. This will be used as my gaming/dvd player/music machine. Both are refurbished. The HP cost $599 w/o monitor and has Athlon XP 2600+, 512 MB of RAM, 80GB HDD, DVD+RW/CD-RW, CD-ROM and GeForce4 graphics card. The 4600 cost $494 w/o monitor and has Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz, 40 GB HDD, and DVD-ROM, CD-RW and GeForce4. If i bought the HP or Dell, i would buy a Dell monitor. Which is the better deal. Does DVD+RW play DVD's? Could you reccomend any other good gaming pc's for under $600 w/o monitor?