I just tried out GameTap this morning. They have some neat titles in their "vault". I'm not sure if its worth the subscription price or not in terms of how long i'd play it, but its very neat.
I installed my copy of Windows XP Home that I ordered from Newegg. OEM distributions are strange. It installed as F: which pissed me off. Seems that my secondary sata drive (port 1 instead of 0) was seen first and allocated a drive letter. That really screwed me up. My fingerprint reader is no longer working on this pc. I emailed microsoft, but am doubtful they will help. They never replied to my email about Windows XP Home support for dual core. Yes, it supports 1 dual core cpu on XP SP2 Home if you ever need to know that.
My PC is somewhat fast now with the new hard drive and things. I've noticed occasional lag and that could be thermal.. i still can't get the intel utility to give me valid readings of the fans.
I'm getting 30fps in WoW at 1280 x 1024 with my nvidia geforce 7300 GS. Don't have et installed yet. I can post numbers on valve/steam games soon.
I wish i could have afforded a pentium d 900 series or a core 2 but overall i like my new system so far. I'm happy about the video card even though its not performing better than my radeon. With hdcp and other issues coming up its good I went lowend. I'm sure in a year or two i'll have to upgrade anyway.
The hard drive i got last night seems to be reasonable on speed. Its very consistent. I was able to download 8 steam games and update windows without major "lag" in pc operations. Not bad.
I got some work done on the server at work last night. I think I've got a game plan with that. I'm happy about that.