This is the updated version of my gaming PC. I was aiming for four hundred and twenty dollars for the lols but alas it was not meant to be. All these parts were collected over three months.
The CPU, HDD, RAM and OS key were all from an used dell optiplex 9020 for 150 which I then sold the remaining parts for $25, then bought an extra stick of RAM.
I got the asrock mobo from vuugo for 113 including tax which I picked up minus the MIR ($40) for 73 bucks.
The gtx 1050 (Canada comps) was a pretty good at the time with 135 + tax - MIR $10 but I should have sprang for an rx 470 (oh well future upgrade).
The case (on sale) as well as the cooler was from amazon. At first I got a hyper t4 but it was slightly too big and gave my pc an unsightly budge but I discovered the hidden gem that is the cryorig m9 which not only was smaller but was cheaper yet had the same performance as a hyper evo 212. (cannot recommend enough for only $26 + tax)
Also got an used antec 380w psu which so far has not exploded so I think we're good. My comp draws only around 250W so I will keep it until I upgrade the GPU.
I can run most games on high at 60 fps which is really all I need and I have not had any performance issues. Still sad I didn't do it for the memes though (if anyone would like to buy my spare sata cables for the cause, pm me (jk, maybe))
The best of the best for only 26 dollars. It doesn't seem to go on sale but it doesn't need to as it's always less than coolermaster's hyper evo 212. At the same performance and at a smaller size I would definitely recommend.
It does it's job and is better than my laptops HD 3000 integrated graphics. I would really recommend you to spring a bit more for the 1050 ti or even better the rx 470 as it is the bottom line in terms of modern GPUs. The biggest pro is that it only draws only 75 watts needing no extra connectors meaning it can run on any PSU.
I got this for around $20 including tax and shipping and I'm pretty amazon lost money on this, lol. With a usb 3.0 header, this micro atx case is perfect for my build. Is a bit flimsy but I did not cut myself on it despite what people have said.
For some reason pcpartpicker doesn't offer the non green version which is just 80 plus instead of bronze. It being a rebranded seasonic PSU, I think this little guy was a steal for only 24 dollars. It is also ancient and might give out at any point and I did test it out on another pc before using but it hasn't and I don't think it'll explode.
(Not a con but I hate cables)