Yes, this looks good. I'm still poking around on HP, Dell & BestBuy & Amazon to see if there are any last second deals that can guarantee delivery before December 3rd. This one looks good with 1GB of GPU, but you would be able to upgrade the HD later on, wouldn't you? I was thinking about a HD with 7200RPM later on as a gift ;-)
But I should be looking at GPU to be at least 1GB with ATI or Nvidia, correct? As well as processor speed & RAM.
Any particulars I should keep an eye out for?
you want a dedicated video card (NVidia 300 series of HD54xx/55xx/56xx) at your price ranges.