how much should you spend on cable?

how much does one spend on ic/speaker cable?(%of the entire system)?
let say hypothothetically if you system ( cd, preamp , amp, speaker ) cost 30000? what is a reasonable amount to spend on the ic/speaker cable? 10% 20% 30% or more?
how does my fellow audiophiles balance the equation in their system?
My opininon is that you need cables with an acceptable level of clarity and a tonal balance that compliments the equipment being connected (and your musical taste). Speaker cables should be a minimum of 12 gauge (no higher, unless the length is very short). I would not allocate any % of a total system cost to achieve this but instead would try and spend as little as possible, w/o severely compromising the overall sound. Be wary of the law of diminishing returns and the laws of physics. Expensive is not always better if it doesn't interact well with your other gear. Spending a little more to get a right of return or good advice is usually worth it.
FWIW, I started by spending as little as possible on a recent system build ($2150 1st audiophile system for a friend) - cables came out to 15% of the cost, and performance improved markedly with every step. Most of my systems have wound up with 10-20% in speaker/IC cables.

I think I'd be scratching my head at > 25%, wondering what went wrong.

Anyone who tells you there isn't a forumla is correct, the numbers I gave are just from my personal experience.
I don't know that you can put a price on cables. If you find cables that provide you with good system synergy and they cost .01% of the rest of your system, does it really matter? I don't think so. On the other hand, if I had a 5000 system, I wouldn't be looking at Kimber Select Black Pearls either.
That's the difference between audiophiles and other people who also have good equipment; we try to extract maximum performance from what we already have.Cables are components and should be treated as such.Generally speaking and operating with m.s.r.prices, I would say 50% the price of CD-player and pre-amp.for 1.0M pair interconnects and 50% the price of speakers for 8'pair of speaker cables is within reason.Personally,I followed this rule for interconnects, and my speaker cables are more expensive than speakers though I bought them for less than third the m.s.r.p., so in fact they are a little less expensive than my speakers.Power cords usually make less profound effect: 10-20% the cost of the component should be enough.

"50% the price of speakers for 8'pair of speaker cables is within reason"

I guess I have to disagree. If cables are components they are passive components. A speaker has to transform electrical energy to magnetic energy to mechancial energy to acoustical energy. A cable only needs to transfer the signal. A spending ratio of 2/1, speaker to speaker cable, is pretty crazy if you ask me.

I remain,