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Compaq Presario SR1550NX
PCs such as this new Compaq Presario SR1550NX from HP is one of a number of student-oriented boxes that can be used to both play games and prepare for exams. It comes with a 200GB 7200 RPM hard drive and a dual-layer DVD+R/RW drive and sells for around $579.99.
Dell's latest Dimension 5100 is one of several PCs that balance students' homework needs with entertainment features such as support for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, advanced graphics controllers and integrated 7.1 audio. The computer sells for $899.