Gigabyte Barebones PC | $250 | Amazon

If you want to build a home theater PC, you won’t find a better starting point than this. This tiny box contains an Intel Core i7 chip, Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics (which should be sufficient for moderate gaming), various display outputs, and integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, all for an all-time low $250.

The catch is that you’ll need to add storage and RAM to get it up and running (look at the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section on the product page for options), but once you do, you can install XBMC, Kodi, SteamOS, or Plex, and you’ll be up and running.