By the late 1980s / early 1990s IBM had been losing a large chunk of the personal computer market. It had the IBM PS/2 product line, which aside from being price very high compared to competitors' products, had the proprietary MCA architecture and other proprietary peripheral devices (FDDs/HDDs/SIMMs). To regain market share IBM developed and introduced the PS/ValuePoint line. The PS/ValuePoint line consisted out of mostly standard PC (third party commodity open market) components that were marketed under the IBM brand at a more competitive price point. The IBM ValuePoint line utilized common market ISA / VLB / PCI bus as well as regular FDD / HDD (IDE) drives.

IBM VP/ValuePoints were sold from 1992 through 1995. The entry level model (325T) had a 80386SLC processor and top level model (P60) had a Pentium processor.