Ah, the future. Full of uncertainties and possibilities, yet one constant remains: the Vostro 430. Designed from the ground up to withstand global upheavals like Windows 7
, this humble little box is fully configurable with your choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processors and ATI or NVIDIA discrete graphics, along with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, an optional Blu-ray drive, a 19-in-1 memory card reader, a couple of PS/2 and serial ports to support your older devices and, of course, plenty of room for further expansion (including no less than 10 USB ports). Best of all, it boasts a starting price of just $699, with some fairly high-end options still well within reach under the $1,000 mark.