I AM NOT where a lot of you are regarding your knowledge of computers. Here's the deal: I've had my Gateway laptop since Jan. '01 and it's basically been satisfactory for my "lightweight" needs (e-mail, word processing, web browsing, etc). My fan motor has been humming for a while and I can feel a very slight vibration in the keypad/base area. I've tried to blow any dust(bunnies) out with a can of compressed air. NO go. I want to do something before it overheats and dies. Gateway wants $300 to fix it. Noway Gateway! I want to buy a new computer for my simple needs. I went to Best Buy and looked at their desktops (don't need a laptop now). They had an e-machines brand computer in the ~$500 range which seems like it would be okay for me. Almost anything is a step up from what I have now. My laptop only has a 10 gig hard drive and I'm only consuming 5 in all these years. Also, it can only read CDs and DVDs. I'm looking at the e-machines computer listed in Best Buy's current sale flyer page 5. I realize that the e-machines brand may not be sophisticated enough for the techies, but it may be okay for me. Give me your honest opinions/recommendations, please.