Firing Squad writes:
If we look at the new PCs bought or built today, we see a bell shaped curve peaking around the $800-$1000 price range. Of course there are the $300 office and internet machines, as well as the excessively expensive $3000 enthusiast computers. The sub-$1000 sweet spot though is where the majority of buyers lean toward. For that amount you can build something quite powerful, and while it won't have the bells and whistles, it will still have the necessary components to run demanding programs, such as video/audio/graphical design and gaming applications. For under $1000, one can easily get a quad core processor, several gigabytes of RAM, a large hard drive (500GB+), and a video card capable of handling today's latest games.