Theoretical Build: Cheapest PC

I was thinking about how computer parts have advanced over the generations and how cheap some components are now compared to what they were before.

Of course my mind wandered over to what the most possible cheap PC could possibly be. Not up to date with the latest components, I ask you guys:

Please, build me the theoretical cheapest computer possible.

(Assuming that the computer would safely boot and run any programs at all.)
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  1. Any programs at all is a tough ask - certain intensive software would fail on many low-end laptops.

    Raspberry Pi?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-3300 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($47.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($12.51 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Logisys CS2006BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $169.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 05:05 EDT-0400)

    Do not build the above PC. The PSU is a fire hazard, amongst other things.
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    Intel build :)

    CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($42.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Biostar B75MU3B Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.89 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Logisys 480W ATX12V Power Supply ($14.99 @ Mwave)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $207.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 06:49 EDT-0400)

    Actually not so bad of a build if you add some more RAM and maybe better PSU. Will be able to use browser and some word/excel applications.
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