LinuxJournal.com has an article by Eric S. Raymond. "I tried hard
to gold-plate as much of the system as possible and load on all the extras and accessories I could, and was nevertheless unable to raise
the total parts bill over $7,000.
It is also interesting that so little of the cost is in the system core. The motherboard, memory, case, cooler and drives are only a hair over
$3,200 of the total. If we discarded the most extravagant peripherals -- dumping the Klipsch speakers and the Radeon and the DVD and
DDS drives, the cost would drop to a quite reasonable $4,200 or so."