Just for Fun, cheapest computer build possible

I certainly hope nobody actually intends on using this, but i thought it would be fun to see what kind of answers show up. Think of it as kind of a mini competition and the winner gets the best answer award.

Basically just get a fully functional desktop PC for the cheapest possible, (no need to include peripherals) and post it on this thread.

When I get a good amount of replies I'll give the best answer to the lowest cost PC.

So that's about it, thanks in advance for your participation!!!!

*parts must be new*

*Provide links to the websites for the parts so I can verify!!!*
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  1. CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 $114
    MoBo: Foxconn M61PMP-K $45
    PSU: N/A (Included)
    CASE: APEX TX- 381 $40
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS $40
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer Model BL2KIT12864TG1337 2GB $20
    Graphics: N/A (Built in graphics)
    Total: $259
  2. http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/raspberry-pi-tiny-computer-runs-linux
    Total, $25, a 10th of Dragons blowout budget hehe :P
    Do I win?

    Moto
  3. this is a fail compared to the $25 (which i think is cool) one but "just for fun" oh and we don't need screen right?

    CPU: intel pentium dual core G620 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399&cm_re=intel_1155_pentium-_-19-116-399-_-Product

    MOBO: MSI H61-P21 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130603

    CASE & PSU: logisys @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148044

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 80gb @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136195

    RAM: Kingston 2gb kit @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134788

    OS: Linux, FreeBSD ect

    Total: $228.95
  4. heres a $185 fully working system:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135224
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148047
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148698
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157202
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148332
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103698&cm_re=sempron-_-19-103-698-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007

    and ofcourse OS is Linux/Ubuntu.

    specs are:
    2gb DDR3 1600Mhz ram
    Sempron 140 CPU (has a high chance of unlocking to a dual core athlon and can overclock to 3.5Ghz on the stock cooler)
    N68-UCC mobo
    case fan 80mm
    case with PSU (wouldn't reccommend the PSU)
    and thats about it (integrated graphics)
  5. Motopsychojdn said:
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/raspberry-pi-tiny-computer-runs-linux
    Total, $25, a 10th of Dragons blowout budget hehe :P
    Do I win?

    Moto


    That's pretty sweet, but its not buy-able yet. So yeah, close but no cigar.

    You would have most likely won otherwise... Cheers!
  6. Sempron 140 ($37.99 +0 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103698

    Sentey Slim 2420 Slim Flex Case w/ Power Supply SECC ($34.99 + 0 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811322013

    For mother board either this open box or same one new (open: $23.99+ 0 shipping new $39.99+2.99 shipping)
    Open: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157202R
    New: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157202

    RAM: 1 GB Kingston DDR3 ($10.99 + $0.99 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134787

    HD: Seagate 160GB ($34.99 + $1.99 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148698

    DVD drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM) ($18.99 + 2.29 shipping)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&sku=L12-1312%20OEM


    OS : Ubuntu

    So for pricing if we are not including shipping it is $161.94 or with shipping it is $167.21

    If my open box Mobo is not acceptable then we have to add $16 and another $2.99 shipping

    I noticed that the $185 build did not include shipping. With shipping that set up comes out to 206.86 vs mine with shipping is $167.21 (open box on Mobo) or $186.20 without going open box on the Mobo.
  7. DEY123 said:
    Sempron 140 ($37.99 +0 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103698

    Sentey Slim 2420 Slim Flex Case w/ Power Supply SECC ($34.99 + 0 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811322013

    For mother board either this open box or same one new (open: $23.99+ 0 shipping new $39.99+2.99 shipping)
    Open: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157202R
    New: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157202

    RAM: 1 GB Kingston DDR3 ($10.99 + $0.99 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134787

    HD: Seagate 160GB ($34.99 + $1.99 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148698

    DVD drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM) ($18.99 + 2.29 shipping)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&sku=L12-1312%20OEM


    OS : Ubuntu

    So for pricing if we are not including shipping it is $161.94 or with shipping it is $167.21

    If my open box Mobo is not acceptable then we have to add $16 and another $2.99 shipping

    I noticed that the $185 build did not include shipping. With shipping that set up comes out to 206.86 vs mine with shipping is $167.21 (open box on Mobo) or $186.20 without going open box on the Mobo.


    if i downgrade ram to this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134787

    it goes down to $175.93 inc. postage and everything else. and if i use that open box Mobo which you selected, it would go down even further to $159.93 inc. PandP.
  8. Quote:


    if i downgrade ram to this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820134787


    it goes down to $175.93 inc. postage and everything else. and if i use that open box Mobo which you selected, it would go down even further to $159.93 inc. PandP.


    You must get free shipping at newegg because your DVD drive and case add almost $15 to your total when I look at the links you included (your case fan and HD are another $2 each in shipping as well). I agree that some of your components are cheaper if you exclude shipping but if you include it some of my parts come in under. Either way they are both very cheap builds that I am sure neither of us would like to use :)
  9. DEY123 said:
    Quote:


    if i downgrade ram to this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820134787


    it goes down to $175.93 inc. postage and everything else. and if i use that open box Mobo which you selected, it would go down even further to $159.93 inc. PandP.


    You must get free shipping at newegg because your DVD drive and case add almost $15 to your total when I look at the links you included (your case fan and HD are another $2 each in shipping as well). I agree that some of your components are cheaper if you exclude shipping but if you include it some of my parts come in under. Either way they are both very cheap builds that I am sure neither of us would like to use :)


    lol yeah, it says 'free 2-day shipping' when i add it all to cart.
  10. I guess this is 5 years too late, but $5 "computer": https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero/
    You'll need your own power supply, monitor, and keyboard.
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