if we wanted to be like 90% of the computing world, we could go out and buy a crappy all-in-one mommyboard with a 2 ghz celeron, cheap flaky memory, a 60 gig ide hard drive, realtek 8139 ethershit nic, AC97 onboard audio, a jaton 'video' card
HA! I **wish** 90% of the computing world had a dedicated graphics card! You wouldn't believe how many PCs have "integrated" graphics. Sucks up a a bit of the RAM, but totally kills performance. Overtaxed hardware, not enough RAM to start with, some of that precious RAM unavailable for Windows to use, poor drivers, and you've got a WIN-WIN situation!
It's bad enough on the newer i865G chipset, it's very painful on the old i810 chipsets I see all over the place. Yeah, great idea, lets use the PC100 RAM for the frame buffer too! It's not much better with the new DDR6-9900 SUPER HAPPY OVERCLOX0R RAM either.
A $7 Jaton graphics card with 4 MB of framebuffer and a SiS graphics chip can literally double the performance of one of those older, nasty, all-in-one motherboards. Mix in some of that XP goodness with spyware, a fragmented IDE drive with a zippy 9.5ms seek, and just try to kill of that bizzare service or two! Fun fun fun! Ever look at the detailed specs of those bargain bin $500 Dell systems?
Actually, if you want to be like 90% of the computing world, get a 200 MHz Pentium and run Win95 like your dentist's secretary uses... or that PC in the back office of the local lumberyard.