What is the cheapest viable PC you can build?

What would be the components of a PC that can play 720p YouTube videos, do Microsoft Office, Facebook, etc. (A 2011 viable PC)

Something $200-$350 dollars. With everything but the OS, that would be Ubuntu maybe.

Maybe something with an Athlon, etc.

I'm not looking for build advice, just doin' research.
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  1. I'd say a $36 Sempron 180 (a 2.4GHz Dual Core), a $55 ASRock 785G LE series motherboard, and a mere $17 2GB generic DDR3 RAM should be the lowest point of cheap PC platform. Anything from Intel just can't possibly beat this combo for its price. Even the cheapest LGA775 Dual Core CPU is more expensive, disregarding any sort of sale on Microcenter and such.

    Without the monitor, I've calculated that the whole system will cost around $200. That includes a generic $35 Seasonic 350W, mind you. ;)
  2. This motherboard includes the CPU and GPU will do everything you ask above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121442. It's only $80. I've built a couple of systems with this motherboard and it'll run 720p youtube video, MS office, surf the web, kids' games, etc.

    The build:

    MOBO: Intel D525MW mini-itx: $80
    RAM: Crucial 2GB 1066 DDR3 SO-DIMM $21
    HDD: Seagate 160GB $35
    ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $21
    Case: Apex MI-008 mini-itx tower case w/ 250W PSU $40
    OS: Ubuntu $0

    Total: $197
  3. Is it possible to game with $500? Win7 is $100 do that leaves $400
  4. ^ Absolutely! Especially if the monitor is excluded. I'd say $350 is the bottom limit for budget gaming PC with Athlon II X3, HD5670, 4GB RAM and a decent 400-450W PSU.
  5. For light gaming budget of $400 or less eh.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815004
    $30 Xigmatek Asgard II
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035
    $60 Antec Earthwatts 500W
    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186168
    $45 Foxconn A7DA-S 790GX AM3 (onboard vid will hybrid x-fire)
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886
    $80 AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231421
    $39 G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) (1 stick)
    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148699
    $37 Seagate 250GB
    DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    $20 LiteOn 24x DVDR/RW

    Total: $311 + S&H (no OS)

    Vid: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150535
    $ 73 XFX HD-567X-ZNL3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB

    Total with vid: $384 + S&H (no OS) not counting MIR, or combo deals.
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