The market for personal computers crested in the late 1990s, and soon nearly everyone had a computer at home, at work, or both. Outlier instances of crazy expensive computers gradually faded away, with a few exceptions, as the market matured and prices stabilized. Various price points emerged for different kinds of computing needs. But still -- some computers were more expensive than others.
For our last twist of the time-travel dial, let's go back a mere 15 years, to those heady days shortly before the turn of the millennium. Thanks to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, we can see PCWorld magazine's Best Buy pick for Power PCs in December 1999. The Dell Dimension XPS T600 topped the charts that month, with its Pentium III-600 CPU, 128MB of RAM, 20GB hard drive, and 17-inch CRT display. Average retail price? $2,300, or about $3,400 today.
Takes you back, doesn't it?