I am not planning to buy a desktop system, and currently have no upgrade plans in the pipeline either.
The last complete system was an accidental aquisition, when I legitimately rescued a kodak picture processing machine from being skipped, and was surprised when I began stripping it when a complete IBM thinkstation popped out of the bottom (immediately clamed by Mrs WTM!)
All the machines I have still doeverything I want them to do, and althouth they collectively represented a significant investment in time and money, they have served well, and continue to do so.
I may just put my trusty old HP Pavillion Ze4800 laptop out to pasture and treat myself to someting new in the sub-£400 pound bracket next year. Unfortunately thats not what this thread is about.
As I don't do games any cheepy PC will do for surfing and accounts and some letters. But I won't buy another desktop PC, I now use a little 10" Samsung for nearly everything. Now that we've all gotten over the power beast syndrome of 10 years ago (well I've gotten over it anyway), I only need sufficient computing power now so long as it's not painfully slow at doing what I want done.
The question is a bit odd as a barebones would be far cheaper than one with all peripherals.
In truth this is two completely different questions, one regarding a barebones buy and the other a full rig unless the question was meant to be something along the lines of, "How much have you got to spend on updating a desktop PC?" - but this would be a bit presumptuous.
Perhaps these questions are more designed to see how many of us read them and less on gaining accurate information??
Anyway, just bought a new one*, a smidge over £600 for just the tower, though I bought better than I needed and am already thinking about trying to sell the graphics card as I think its noisy and unnecessary). I think I'd draw the line at around £800 with mouse, keyboard and monitor.
Mind, i wouldnt rule out a Mac in future, but I cant be bothered to think how much I'd pay for one (a relatively large amont though, necessarily, unless it were a Mini), and you haven't asked.
The last PC I built for myself was around £1500, 2 years ago. Both graphic cards are now shot (partly my fault!), so am now having a self debate as to whether I'm going to replace the C2Q based system with a Core i7 based system at the same time as ordering the new graphic card(s).
Just putting together an AMD X4 630 system for a friend (using some components i already have) for £230 including mobo, processor, RAM and 20" monitor. Quite good value for money, I think.