Needing to build a cheap Linux box for a web server or firewall? Or putting together a low-priced second machine for the kids? Rick Burgess's TechSpot's Low-end PC Buying Guide will tell you everything you need to know. Surprisingly, it’s possible to put together something half decent for under a grand and not skimp on performance too much at all. Rick also pays attention to future upgradeability and getting quality parts even for a small price. Well worth a read.

The goal of this system is low-end without compromise. It’s fast, it’s solid and it’s flexible. For a minimal amount of money, we are able to assemble a system that will do everything from office work to gaming without any worries.