I like the old tower form factor. Like a B-52 you can just keep adding and subtracting stuff depending on whatever's in vogue at the time. HP, IBM and Dell were just fine with their commercial grade servers but the consumer products are marketed toward the neophyte and they load them with resource consuming garbage. There was a utility out there called 'PC decrapifier' that would winkle out all the Dell crapola they load it with; support, advertising, hawking printer cartridges, etc. Annoying. A clean OS load would be appreciated but that doesn't exist in the general consumer realm. CC Cleaner and Revo Uninstall are handy little free utilities for seeing what's going on. I like AKG Backup for uh-oh backups although it's a bit dated. More of an incremental copy than a backup. Handy. I use it because I've had compressed backups fail. With this you can view the contents with any windows machine, you just have to think about where your store stuff a bit more carefully.