"Gaming computers cost several thousand dollars, right? That's common knowledge, you'd think. Of course, those of us in the do-it-yourself community know better. You can build a perfectly capable gaming PC for little money. In fact, for years we've been challenging ourselves to build a decent gaming rig for less than $800.
Sacrifices must be made for such an inexpensive gaming rig. With a $1,000 price point, you could do a lot more. But picking a price point that is easy, that requires no tough decisions, isn't the point. The point is to show that large-scale OEMs, the guys who do the most volume at these prices, could certainly sell you a good gaming PC for this price if they wanted to. For the most part, they don't, and that's the power of building your own computer-you can get what you wouldn't buy elsewhere."