How Cheap Can it be...Internet PC

Hello every one,
I need your help in building a cheap mini PC
I am already having a good gaming pc, but I don't want to use this all the time for internet surfing or overnight downloads because its consumes a lot of power, so I was thinking of building a low space, low power PC just for internet browsing and downloading. I can connect my extra monitor's secondary Input and a wireless keyboard and mouse and use it

It would be awesome if some one can guide me to make one that is really cheap, I am not too keen on its processing performance.. just strong enough to run web browser and download stuff from torrents :)

not to OS dependant also, can deal with ubuntu or any other Linux flavours, what ever you suggest :)

for storage I can connect my usb 500GB HDD

**If there is a post similar to my request , then I am sorry I must have missed it in the search :)

thank you

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  1. It's generally a bad idea to store your OS on an external HD - too many things can go wrong. It's hard to suggest anything without knowing a budget - how low are you willing to go - $500? $450? $400?
  2. With Linux I'd say $300.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($21.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Zotac Zbox ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    +Ubuntu (free :))
    Total: $290.37
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  4. FinneousPJ said:
    With Linux I'd say $300.

    with 300$ build, is it a build similar to netbooks that are available.

    I wish I could try using

    raspberry pi @ but there are issues with ftp downloads, or torrent downloads.


    VIA Neo-ITX running on android 2.3 just for download purpose :) now that would be really energy efficient :) ..

    thank you Ankit
  5. 100 bux on ebay if thats all its for
  6. photons said:
    with 300$ build, is it a build similar to netbooks that are available.

    Yes, check the Zbox link I posted.
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