Hi Susan, I looked thru the Sunday ads and found 3 alternatives. But all things considered, this is still by far the best PC for $550: http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm.....o#proddesc -- the otheres that I found are:
1. Also in Circuit City there is this Acer for $350. It has a nice 5000+ processor and 320GB's of disk and 2GB's of RAM. It is a good workhorse and may do the job. http://circuitcity.shoplocal.c.....ity-080330
2. A bundle offering from Office Depot that includes a 19 inch screen (if you still have a CRT, you should trash it) for $650. It does have 3GB's of RAM and 400GB's of hard drive. The Intel processor is not the fastest but it will do the job - now again, this is including the monitor. http://officedepot.shoplocal.c.....pot-080330
3.One from Staples which comes with a free printer. It has a nice 5200+ processor, 500GB's of disk and 2GB's of RAM for $499.99 (I make the price explicit because you have to look for it on the website. The Staples ad does not bring up URL's for individual products - only for the whole ad - it's on page 7). This is not a bad deal either, especially for someone who wants the TV tuner that is included (probably does not matter for you). But it does have a WiFi which might be interesting one day for a remote printer. http://staples.shoplocal.com/s.....20Circular
In summary - if I had to buy it, I would still get the first one with the quad processor - but then I am a technical freek. As daily workhorses, the other 3 are just as fine. They will do the job. But remember, from HP you cannot expect a lot of support, but they usually have good prices. And especially, DO NOT BUY ANY EXTRA SUPPORT OPTIONS. They always like to offer that, but that's for the birds.
PS. I did not see anything worth having in Best Buy.