Tom's Hardware writes:
"How Low Will We Go?
For some buyers, even a $700-800 performance PC is extravagant. One could speculate about the driving factors behind the sub-$500 PC market, such as frugality, youth or poverty, but in keeping Tom's Hardware quality standards high we shot straight for the frugal market.
Will We Succeed?
Not everyone will agree with our component choices, but we're confident that tomorrow's benchmarks will prove this system's worth. We will also try to answer the question: Is our $500 gaming system adequate for general purpose use by putting it up against our March System Builder Marathon's "Low-Cost" configuration."