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PC deals abound--including freebies--but don't aim too low

For personal-computer shoppers, this must seem like nirvana. Forget about spending thousands of dollars for a new computer, trumpet countless ads these days. Now, with the Internet emerging as the primary reason to boot up a PC, all you need is a basic machine, available for as little as $400 without a monitor. And with Internet service providers offering hefty promotions to sign on new subscribers, you might even get one for no money down--or, better yet, for free.

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