What is the purpose of this PC? If you want to play games, you'll actually get better value if you use a CPU with integrated graphics. Otherwise, you could also look for used 1060's, they're probably under $100 now, and the rest of the parts are this:
I think this is about as close as you're going to get if you want something capable of 1080p gaming. GT 1030 is just going to be like being shot in the guts. Slow, painful, miserable and not much hope things are going to turn out the way you want them to. Unless maybe you're running an extremely old, extremely low resolution and very low quality settings.
That article is pure idiocy. Anybody who believes anything said by our editorial department these days deserves the shock they're going to get when they realize what a stupendous blunder they've made.
I'm not even going to go into WHY that's true, because I think anybody who's been around more than a week already understands the WHY of it. And I mean OTHER THAN the fact that by taking that advice you're spending 350 bucks on USED crap, when you could spend another 120 bucks and get hardware that actually has a warranty and doesn't leave you holding an empty bag when the CPU or motherboard fails during WEEK 2.
Not to mention the horrifically poor performance you're going to get for your 350 bucks with a 9 year old 4 core CPU, slow ass mechanical hard drive and probably be looking at a motherboard failure within six months if you're lucky enough for the OEM power supply to last that long. It's embarrassing to be honest that they even put up articles like that.
Heh. Depends on your definitions of old and used. I built my pc for $600 entirely from eBay except for the psu and gpu which were new. It's lasted 7 years now and is still decent for anything except AAA games, but what would you expect from an i7-3770K and gtx970.
There's nothing wrong with used items, if you shop smart and weigh the value against newer, warranted stuff.
Atm, AMD mid tier is killing it vs used pricing, so for the most part a low-mid tier core is a much better value than anything used.
Darkbreeze Intel build isn't too shabby either, it's @ $30 less than a decent r3 3100 build.