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Sometimes, you just want a cheap and cheerful PC to handle simple tasks. Maybe you want a kitchen PC, or a small PC for a study or bedroom. You don't want a behemoth capable of running Crysis 3 with all the controls turned up to the max, and you're not going to be rendering the next Pixar movie on it.
Here's a blueprint for just such a PC to get you started. Feel free to customize the build to suit your needs or budget.
This build — excluding Windows, a display, and peripherals, comes in at under $300.