I know people are always wondering if their rig is sufficient for GPO (or will for GPOA) and I know a lot of people consider a grand to be a lot of money. On the other hand...for less than a thousand (before taxes and a mail-in rebate) you can get the following:
AMD Athlon(TM) 64 3300+ operating at 2.4GHz
2GB DDR-400MHz SDRAM (2x1GB)
160GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
DL 16X DVD+/-R/RW drive
15" LCD Flat-Panel Monitor
Microsoft(R) Works Suite including Word
5 years ago this would have been magic...right now, it's simply a good buy. Of course, as all things computer-related, wait another 5 years and you know what this will look like...yesterday's trash!
But if you're looking now (or soon), it just might fit the bill.
If a DVD burner and a couple of independently powered speakers of reasonable quality were thrown in, I would say that is more or less the going rate for a package like that at the moment. Sometimes the RAM is lacking, but if there is space in the box, you can buy another GB stick quite cheaply these days.