I think I bought my PC early 1999 (450mhz were the fastest around). It was entry level back then: 233mhz Cyrix processor, 32mb RAM, Rage Pro II+ graphics card and onboard sound, CD 32x drive, 3gb HD, with Win95. It cost around £600 from Impact Systems.
Now it has AMD 500mhz K6-2 processor, 192mb RAM, NVidia 440 MX SE graphics card and SB16 sound card, CDRW 52x32x52 & 16x DVD ROM combo drive, 32gb HD, with Win98.
Still primitive, but works like a dream and my keyboard, 15" CRT monitor and speakers are still original.
It'll be interesting to compare it with the new laptop I've ordered (which still hasn't arrived, but that's another story).