I love budget projects! When I saw this Inspiron 3847 on Craigslist for $140 I had to scoop it up and see what I could do with it. The fact that it came with an SSD as a boot drive as well as a cheap GTX 645 that I could sell later was sweet, and I managed to negotiate the seller down another $20 to $120.00 total! I just listed that price under the mobo, but it includes the whole computer.
I already had an RX 550 4GB card sitting around that wasn't selling by itself and would be a great fit for this machine, as well as the cheap PSU from another Craigslist deal (I would never use this personally!). Those two things help make this PC a little more capable for someone using it to get into gaming.
Painted the case and installed a cheap LED CPU cooler to pimp it out a bit, and I am happy with the results! Cable management is a little difficult in this case because of the riveted panels and drive cages, but I did what I could. The green PCB mobo and RAM are also a little sad but overall the PC looks a lot better. This was my first time really modding a cheap case for a build, I would normally just buy a new one for $35.00, but it was a fun challenge to make this one work.
This is supposed to be a gateway computer to help someone get into PC gaming, and it performed pretty well in the tests I put it through. Played Overwatch, Fortnite, CS:GO, and League at 1080p/60fps with various settings. Maybe an alternative to a $550 gaming laptop or something for half the price.