This is my HTPC build, used for playing movies, streaming video, music ect. Total system cost was around 350$ before adding the better video card and more ram. Streamed and played all HD movies and mkv files perfectly without the video and ram upgrade, I only did that for gaming purposes. But if you only want a cheap system for videos, music, and web surfing cant really beat 350$.
- AMD Phenom II 955 Black Edition 3.2ghz Quad Core
- 8GB DDR3 G.Skill Ram
- 500GB Samsung SpinPoint 7200rpm
- MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC
- APEVIA X-QPACK2 Case
- ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 Motherboard