Thi sis what I have:
1.2gHz AMD T-bird
512Mb pc133 ram
12 bay server case
geforce 2 pro 64 ddr video card with tv-out
soundblaster live mp3+
HP 9510 12x8x32
Samsung 5x DVD
CTX (sony licensed) Trinitron 17"
40Gb Western Digital Caviar 7200 rpm hdd
I have less than $800 in this system excluding monitor and DVD and I have not found anything it will not run. (I've been looking too.) It makes monster mp3s, burns quickly, and has awesome video playback.
I benchmarked it, and it beats the pants off a P4 1.5 with DDR. Well, or so they said. I don't much care. For the price I paid on this amd chip, I'll never own another intel processor. AMD is just too good.