Years ago I owned and operated a computer systems integration company. One of the experiences that business gave me was that of building 1000's of computers. I still build my own but haven't built them for anyone else for quite some time. Once a computer gets water cooled it can be fairly pricey. I suspect that it would cost me about $2500 to build a state of the art water cooled gaming computer. I would probably sell it for around $3500 so Mycrofts's system doesn't seem to be out of line to me for what it is. I've built professional AV recording workstations that sold for over $5000. For under a $1000 you can have a machine that will do about anything other than hi res gaming or perhaps video editing. A business computer doesn't require much computing power and internet surfing even less. I wouldn't recommend spending over $1000 for any business work station. But a hi tech gaming computer is a different animal. Almost all are custom built and the parts cost can get pretty high pretty quickly. I don't really mean to join the argument. I'm just trying to put some perspective on things.