In those old days when I was just getting comfortable with computers, my uncle had built us one and it had fried a few years later. My mom won this Compaq desktop from her old job in 99 and all I can say is wow it's a trooper! For the time it was new and up to date. Intel Pentium 3 anyone? 40 GB hard drive and I believe it was installed with the new Windows 98!
We've expanded the memory and it's been used none stop for 11 years. The only problems we've had is a new mother board (lightning strike) and a new power supply (power surge). It hasn't just up and died though. My sister and her boyfriend have used it for everything from online gaming to burning music. It's run Diablo, Diablo 2 and WOW.
Also it runs Win XP perfectly without too much lag and drag. The inside is a metal fortress you literally have to unscrew the back and pull the guts out from the case. I poke fun at it these days but honestly it really is a good piece of machinery. I don't know much about Compaqs newer computers but I have a feeling this one has a long life ahead of it.