So last night I ordered a Canon S9000 photo printer and a Epson 2450 photo scanner. realizing that my 4+ yo Dell 266 PII probably wouldn't cut it for hardcore negative/picture scanning & printing, I checked out some new systems. When I priced out a similarly configured Dell 4500 and Gateway 500XL, the Dell was more than $500 more. Here are the specs I used: 2.4GhZ PIV 512MB RAM (+$130 Gateway/+$160 Dell) 120GB HD (standard in Gateway, +$210 Dell) DVD-RAM/R + 24/10/40 CDRW (standard in Gateway, + $349 Dell) 128MB NVidea 4200 video card (standard in Gateway, + $310 Dell, but 4600) 18" LCD flat panel monitor (+100 Gateway/+ $150 Dell from 17") Logitech optical mouse (standard Gateway/+$30 Dell) Gateway sound card comes w/ FireWire, Dell does not. Total Gateway: $2259 Total Dell: $2770 Anyone compare these two models as well ? How can the Gateway be so much cheaper than the Dell ? I've only had a minor CD-ROM problem w/ my Dell like 4 yrs ago, but $500 is $500. I guess my question is: How can Gateways be more than $500 less ?