I really quickly got the prices of parts and put together a system just to see how much it'd cost.
512MB PC 133 SDRAM (x2, total 1gb memory)
$49.99 each, $99.99
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y200P0 Hard Drive - 200GB 7200rpm EIDE Ultra ATA/133 8MB Buffer
Intel® D875PBZ "Bonanza" boxed, Socket 478 for P4 (Hyper-Threading), 0/4GB Dual-Channel DDR400, 4xDIMMs, Intel 875P chipset, 800/533MHz FSB, 5xPCI, 1xAGP Pro 8X/4X, USB 2.0, SATA/ATA133 Multi-RAID, Gigabit LAN, ATX with 2.8 GHz/512K/800FSB processor
Middle Tower ATX 4x51/4" 7x31/2" bays (6 hidden), Partial Blue Color front bezel, 350W UL PS, ATX, 17.8" x 7.2" x 16.6", Slide-opening side covers, Pentium 4 Ready
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 9700 PRO, RADEON 9700 PRO Visual Processing Unit (VPU) AGP8X, 128MB DDR, w/TV Tuner, S/PDIF, THEATER 200 Video decoder and stereo audio processor
Sound Card: Not sure, putting $50 or so aside for it
Speakers: Not sure, putting around $30 aside for it
Keyboard/Mouse: Not sure, putting around $50 aside for it.
DVD/CD Drives: Not sure, putting around $50 aside for it
Total: Around $1540
And I'd still need Windows XP.
Does that seem a reasonable price for what I'd get? Or could I find parts cheaper?