|Fingers knocked it in his #6 reply. Before I built my new rig, I looked at a bunch of "kits" and prebuilt machines.|
Compared to my shopping list, some of the stuff looked pretty good but anything I considered needed an OS and had components I did not like.
But none of my blather above would mean anything to someone who doesn't keep up with hardware or the best choices of hardware to make in order to get the most for his money.
We need to know specifics to answer the question. Like, what is the machine he wants to buy and how much is he gonna pay. More questions come to mind like size of hdd, OS installed, ability to maybe partition the drive, intended use of this new mystery machine, and so forth.
It makes no sense to spend 100 bucks for Win 7 to install it on a $100 machine and little sense to spend that money on a $200 rig.
Without details, none of us can come up with an alternative to the computer he is considering. Geeks, TigerDirect, and others sell off lease and refurb that might be a better value and come with Win 7 or XP.
With the information we have now, 200 replies to swordj won't help him a bit.