If you go ti Tigerdirect.com, they have an excellent Gateway for $500. This should satify everyone, and you can spend the leftover $1000 on upgrades.
Don't have megabucks, but can get up to about $1500. Want for gaming and multimedia... satisfy whole family. Looking at emachines with some upgrading. Also read about CompaqGX5000Z - report said good except DVD. I've read so many reviews now, I think I have sprained my brain. Ideas? Need it to last.