News Factor: Hidden Costs of Owning Your PC

Imagine shopping for a personal computer in a showroom that displayed a PC’s true cost. That is — not just base sticker price, but the many additional expenses associated with PC ownership.
The total tab would be sobering. That mid-range PC, featuring all the bells and whistles for a mere US$1,200, might have a price tag of $4-6,000 — or more. The average annual cost of a PC for an enterprise could be as low as $2-4,000 or as high as $13,000, IDC analyst Roger Kay told NewsFactor.
What is it that drives the true cost of a PC is so much higher than its base price? More importantly, is there any way to lower this cost? (full story)