I'll go first. Pentium 4 CPU - 2.0 ghz ; 1.5 GB pc3200 RAM 400 mhz ; 500 GB internal HD (EIDE, 8MB cache, 7200 rpm) ; 232 GB External HD (WD MYbook) ; e-GeForce FX 5200 video card (DDR, 128MB) I've got two writers on it. One is mostly for read only I guess, but it can burn at 1x... and the second is a "SONY DVD RW DRU-720A ATA Device"... that's what the computer lists it as. Turns out that it's 16x. They likely come a lot faster than that now. I haven't shopped one in quite some time. I looked on the web. Looks like writers like that aren't anything special. I got this thing 3 years ago. I'm still happy with it even if it is a bargain bin item now. Hell, it can't match my junior gamer wanna be video card, but dammit, I can run windows vista ultimate without a bunch of bull****. Anyone done any hardware upgrades?