4 years ago i ordered mailorder parts and built my own computer because it was more cost effective and gave me better performance. i never imagined i'd be buying a packaged computer from dell, but here i am. if i were to build one today, just the cpu and motherboard would cost ~$300. the monitor would cost ~$300 = $600. that still doesn't include HDD, CD, RAM, keyboard/mouse, ETC... yet, dell sells the entire system for (~$600)... does dell make any money on these things? something is weird. either wholesale costs are waaaaaay below retail, or prices are going to pop up. but dell shares hit $40 so i cross my fingers and bought a dell... lol. how long can PC prices go?