Believe it or not, but you can actually get computers for R2000 and under.
Sure, you might need to splash out on a memory card, mouse, keyboard and more, but it still makes for an intriguing purchase. We looked at some of these devices.
Easily the cheapest computer on this list is the $9 CHIP, which successfully finished a Kickstarter campaign last year.
You get a single-board computer with a budget 1Ghz single core processor, 512MBs of RAM, Bluetooth, USB port, WiFi and 4GBs of storage. Not bad at all for the price.
There are compromises though, as you'll need to pay extra for HDMI ($15) or VGA ($10) connections.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
The latest addition to the RaspBerry Pi line offers plenty of improvements compared to the previous generations.
For one, there's a quad-core processor equipped with more powerful A53 cores. The 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.1 and faster WiFi only serves to sweeten the deal.
The Raspberry Pi is capable of running the Raspbian version of the Linux Debian distribution, Gentoo, a variant of Ubuntu and MeeGo.
The new RaspBerry Pi can be acquired locally from RS-Online for R642.
Looking for something with a bit more beefiness than the Pi? Consider the JaguarOne single-board computer then.
For around $80 to $90 (up to R1431), you get a little computer that packs in 1GB of RAM, a 64-bit Atom Z3735G processor and 16GBs of expandable storage.
It doesn't have much storage at all, but the ability to install Windows, Android or Linux on the device is a big plus.
Proline PC On a Stick
Intel has the Compute Stick, but Proline released a version of its own in South Africa, being available via Takealot for R1999.
The Proline PC on a Stick has an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GBs of RAM and 32GBs of expandable storage. Of course, this plugs into the HDMI port on your TV.
Prefer a different brand? Then Asus is selling a PC stick with identical specs for R2500 on Incredible Connection.
Need an Android-based PC or living room media device? Then the CloudGate Circle might be up your alley.
The Apple TV-like Circle doesn't have the most imposing spec sheet, mainly owing to the old quad-core A9 processor being used. Otherwise, 2GBs of RAM and 8GBs of expandable storage makes for a decent combination.
The Circle packs a host of other ports too, such as two USB ports, an HDMI port, an ethernet jack and a microSD slot. So you can expand storage, plug in hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals.
Check out the CloudGate Circle on their website, at a retail price of R1199.
Another super-cheap single-board computer, PINE 64 successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign this year. So what do you get for your cash?
For $19, you get a very capable quad-core A53 processor, 1GB of RAM and a gigabit ethernet port for connecting to the internet (unfortunately, you'll need to pay extra for Bluetooth and WiFi modules). Otherwise, the device has an HDMI port, two USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The PINE 64 is also capable of running Android 5.1, the Remix OS Android variant and Ubuntu.