Summer is almost over, the huge back-to-school buying season is ready to jump into full gear. We've also seen the debut of DOOM 3, and Half-Life 2 is right around the corner, making this a doubly good time to investigate new system configurations. Naturally, our Value Guide doesn't mean laying out thousands of dollars, and we're pinching every penny in search of a high-performance system for gamers on a budget. In a nutshell, our Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the system and gaming performance you want, but at a price that won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different than some of the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a kick-*** gaming system that will play today's hottest games and have some power in reserve for tomorrow.