Thinking of buying a new PC? Good and bad.
First, why...well there's new processors hitting the market. This means that for the latest gamer/power seeker, buying now is not the best choice. Games are often ahead of hardware, so even if you buy the latest chips and gadgets, you'll have a tough time running Doom III at full force. Not to mention, those of us that are on the bleeding edge, it's always a good idea to wait until new operating systems are released if they are around the corner such as Vista. After that you can see which processors/memory config's, etc...run the OS the best.
However, some folks don't care about that. They care about surfing the web, having an affordable pc or laptop, and don't care if they are running the latest operating system. Just need something reliable and not too slow. Well, then for you folks, now is a pretty good time to buy. Waiting for the last minute of the good deal is actually the best, but it's tough. How it usually works is that prices take a big time plunge (as they have now). For example...a laptop I was looking at getting was $1450 about a month ago with the warranty and configuration that I'm looking for. Today it can be had , exactly the same (couple minor things upgraded) for $1119. I don't doubt that the price will drop even more. But on a lot of equipment, when it's nearing the end, the price actually goes up just a bit at the end. Why? Well because folks after some time are looking to replace parts of their old systems or do some upgrades, so there's still money to be made. Then at some point a laptop may simply disappear and be discontinued and you missed out on a good deal.
Finally...almost every distributor such as Dell and HP has a B stock section. There you can find not only refurb'd laptops or other...but items people ordered that never went through. So someone ordered a laptop with this or that and then cancelled the order. The laptop price is usually dropped a few bucks ($50-$100 on average) to get it out the door faster...so dig for those sections. They are live time postings usually. Meaning you should go there ready to buy, because from the moment you read the stats, to the second that you click "Add to my Cart", someone else may have already bought it...it's like a rolling auction.