We've seen enough Core 2 Duo desktops
by now to have the genre fairly well represented, but another workstation can't hurt anybody, right? This new model from HP Japan
, the xw4400/CT, is available today for a reasonable 137,550 Yen ($1199 US) and will be on sale for a mere 99,750 Yen ($870 US) between August 21st and September 27th. The base model is pretty bare, and comes with a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo E6300 CPU, Intel 975X Express integrated graphics, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB HDD, CD-ROM drive (youch!) and gigabit Ethernet. Luckily, things are pretty extendable from there, with dual PCI Express slots (one of them 16x), three PCI slots, and plenty of drive bays (5), USB 2.0 ports (8), and Firewire jacks (3) to keep you busy. You can also pump the specs with a build-to-order box if that's your style, with options for a Quadro FX or NVIDIA 4500 card.