[quote:eb7c902622]HP are decent computers, and are relatively quiet.[/quote:eb7c902622] I agree with Cosmo. I myself use a HP computer or rather, a Compaq one. My computer is really very quiet. Only if I try to stress the processor would the CPU fan will speed up increasing the noise level. But that level is still bearable.I would strongly suggest you build a computer if you can do it. Other than being able to customise your specs as mentioned by Cosmo, you would also be able to get the original program installation CDs. This factor is commonly overlooked. Most PC vendors including HP just provide a recovery partition with the feature to create a recovery disc. This leads you no choice but to use these methods to recover you computer from a crash. I hate sys recovery programs, they install many unnecessary apps hogging disk space.Another thing is the PSU. Many PC vendors just provide a PSU with wattage barely able to run the internal components. When you decide to upgrade your components in future, you may need to buy a new PSU. For eg, my computer is a Compaq Presario Sr1784cf. Its PSU is only 350W with. According to Antec power calculator http://www.extreme.o...m/powercalc.jsp
. My PC needs 263 W of power. The buffer may seem big, but the buffer is too small to allow me upgrade my graphics card.