Well, I saw a video on YouTube saying I could build a gaming PC for $250. That was my initial goal, but then I started researching and researching, and you know the drill, right? We always end up getting better/more expensive components than we thought initially. Overall, I'm very proud of it. I tried to get the best deal in each part and spent a total of $676 on the PC.
Case: NZXT H200 white - $40 I fell in love with this case. The size, the layout... Everything is just beautiful. Cable management is ok, I wish there were more cable routes and places to hook up zip ties in the back. Case was designed with negative air pressure (there's a couple of videos on YouTube about that), and after trying several different fans configurations (including Noctua 120mm and 140mm), the best configuration was NO fans in the front and 2 airflow fans in rear and top. Included NZXT fans performed the same as Noctuas, so I decided to send the Noctuas back and just stick with the NZXT ones. When I switched to a CPU AIO cooler, I had to use the radiator in the front with only 1 fan because of the size of my GPU. More on that later. I got this one for $65 open box on eBay. When I got it, I noticed a couple very small blemishes and the panel for small PSU was missing. I complained to the seller and he gave $25 back, so I ended up paying $40 for it.
Mobo: Asus Strix B450i - $105 I got an open box from Newegg. Good price, but it was only the board and I/O shield! No wifi antenna or cpu bracket. Very frustrating! I'm not sure if I'll do open box from Newegg again. The mobo is pretty cool though, backlight LED and looks awesome.
CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 - $70 I got this from a guy on Facebook marketplace. Good price, great CPU. I don't feel I need a 3600 at this point. And AMD is the way to go these days, right?
GPU: Red Dragon Vega 56 - $223 I was trying to get a 1070TI on auctions on eBay, but I wanted the EVGA FTW2 version. They were always going for over $250, so I decided to get this one from Amazon Warehouse - price was $275 but they were giving 20% off and I decided to try it. GPU came as brand new, but it is huge! I can't install 2 fans on the radiator because the GPU is so big. Since it's huge, it does a great cooling job. Fans at 100% are kind of loud. I undervolted and OCed and I ended getting a good performance out of it. 9600 on Superposition 1080p high, 7200 graphics score on Time Spy and 23000 on Fire Strike. With OC and undervolt, case fans 100%, GPU fans 75%, and radiator installed in the front blocking the front air intake, I get 65C - not bad.
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52 - $40 What a deal! I got this from a guy on Facebook Marketplace. They had Coolermaster 120 pro RGB instead of the original NZXTs. Slight OC on the 1600 (3600mhz at 1.25V), 100% load on Aida64, and I get a max of 55C with only 1 fan (pull).
Memory: Corsair DDR4 16GB 3000MHZ Blue Led - $50 Got it from a kid on Facebook Marketplace. I turned the LEDs off since I have enough RGBs going on.
PSU: EVGA G3 Supernova 80+ gold 750w - $55 Got it from a nice guy on eBay. A little bit more than I needed, but Vegas are very power hungry and this one is modular :)
Memories: Kingston A400 240GB $25 - Intel 660p 512GB $55 They work well and are fast. Got both from Amazon brand new
RGB Strip: $13 Just got one on Amazon. RGB = FPS + MORE KILLS
Mouse: Glorious Model O Matte Black $55 Got it used on eBay. Couldn't wait the item to be stock in their own website
Keyboard: Fnatic Streak $65 B-stock with $15 coupon on Best Buy. Pretty cool keyboard
Monitor: Dell D2719HGF $149 I got this one on Prime Day. 144hz, Freesync, 27 inches. One of the cheapest 144hz I could get. There's a BenQ 144hz for $199 that is geared towards FPS games. Since I play a lot of Counter Strike, I still think about this one. But I'm not sure if I should switch monitors now...