My Dad needs a cheap PC, his old Dells seen better days, so I offered to toss a $50 PC together for him. I started with an old tower from my friend. The motherboard took a crap in it & my friend had me build him a new PC, so I kept his old one. It's nothing fancy, Pentium 4 3.0ghz, 2g Ram, 80g OS Hard Drive, 250g Slave drive, DVD-RW running XP Home. Everything is good in it except the color, Bleh off white.
I scuffed it with scotch brite & shot some gloss black on the face & rustoleum hammered finish black on the case.
The texture turned out perfect. Dad's a machinist, I'm sure he'll love the toolbox look.
Found a cheap motherboard on ebay for $29.98 shipped...
Only other thing I 'might' need is new Ram, a keyboard & mouse. I should still be able to keep it at or around $50.