I'm famous among my family and friends to try to get the most from my money. I try to shrink the most from my financial transactions since money, at least for me, historically has never been an asset I've had the most, so I have to take all the advantage I can from it. That being said, I had to stick to a $400 bucks budget I've managed to gather since I started working, since I didn't want to wait more time to start building my Battlestation (which, by the pictures, right now looks like your grandma's computer with AOL-dialup connection). My profile of Computer user is: Light-to-mid gaming, streaming a ton of videos, a lot of browsing and Photoshopping much.
I'll start by the pictures order, mentioning why, it's benefits, the store and the price after tax, of course.
CASE - Deepcool Tesseract from Newegg. I got it with free shipping. I'm aware that doesn't have the side-windowed door but does have all the minimum exhausts I was looking for. I could place up to 6 fans to keep the inside cool and the correct airflow to deliver endless performance. Isn't the sturdy-est case in the world but when you put all the components together feels satisfactory all-right and capable enough to be a keeper. $29.99. (I recommend it BTW).
FANS - Artic F12 Value-pack from Amazon. I got it with Amazon Prime. I've read some fine reviews from Newegg from them, so I said "what the heck, lets freeze the sh#t out of my rig". They are loud...if you're taking them to the max setting. Sometimes, less than maximum is enough so they are quiet and good enough for my rig. And they work beautifully. I'm thinking getting a water-cooler and a future, if I'm not pleased with the default fans, I'll use this ones. Final price, $21.99.
MOTHERBOARD + CPU - MSI Z97 PC MATE + INTEL PENTIUM G3258 from Microcenter. I got it taking the 53 Briar Forest up to the new store at South Rice St. (fellow Houstonians, what's up?). Let's face it, this was PERFECT. I wanted to use $100 or less into a Motherboard and CPU, the closest I had got was going with an FX-6300 and a Gigabyte 970 Mobo but that up to $160. Of course there's no margin of comparison between "six average-men" and "two Avengers" (or there is?) but according to my budget, I can always dream of getting an i5 K version afterwards and save this Pentium one as collection. Two weeks after getting it has performed beautifully. YT videos are sometimes biased but in this case, all good props have been true. I've been able to play Max Payne 3 maxed, ran a movie on the background and stream another YT video without much of a hassle. Of course as any good man, a virile alpha developed male, I did overclock my chip up to 4.4Ghz, 1.305v. Motherboard? It's good, it's all right, resolves. Has nice OC and Windows 8.1 features. It's bundled software, apart from the nice feature of upgrading my BIOS, is compared to my dog's sh#te. After taxes, picked it up at $109.99.
PSU - EVGA 500 B 80 PLUS BRONZE from Newegg at $29.99 into a flash deal. Now it's twenty bucks more, I think I was lucky. Of course, ain't modular, but have had good reviews on the Egg's website, so didn't hesitate on grabbing this offer. It's 80 PLUS BRONZE, has nice warranty, nowhere to get lost at.
GPU - GIGABYTE WINDFORCE R9 270X from... /r/hardwareswap. I tried my luck asking for a very capable GPU for under $100 and my friend /u/EarendiI sold me his. GPU was in an inmaculate state, I've tried benchmarking it quite a few times, playing a lot of Max Payne and Crysis and performs beautifully.
RAM - Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit from Amazon... Warehouse Deals. This ones were tagged with "Like-new" and were at $64.99 with Prime. Ain't the lowest but it's around the price I was thinking. Plus, they look neat with my white case. They perform nicely.
SSD + HDD - Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA (with Enclosure) 120Gb + Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB. Since I didn't buy them, they have been two loyal partners with me through time. I've bought the SSD two years ago, no hiccups at all. The HDD is one an old laptop I had without warranty and that, well, died. Both loyal, and stuff. Whenever I can I'll upgrade to a 256Gb SSD and an 2TB HDD.
WIFI ADAPTER - Rosewill RNX-N600PCE from Newegg. Performs as expected, mostly for $19.99. Installation was a pain in the buttocks since you've got to install Windows, and the WiFi adapter drivers BEFORE even thinking of installing the adapter on the Motherboard. I was almost crying that some other device was giving issues and I had to return it... but no, was this thing. It's a big flaw, IMO since a less tech-savvy users could get more frustrated easily.
MONITOR - Dell SE178WFP from... Goodwill Computer Works. Yeah, it's the awesomest store, I mean, they have sometimes hidden gems for neat prices. I saw this monitor, it's 1440x900, 8ms, 17"... but for $19.99, quite a bargain. The next cheap one (when I went) was at $40 (of course, an 1080p). It's quite old, display is nice, I'm pleased, I might keep it as second monitor whenever I'm able to buy a better one.
OS, KEYBOARD and MOUSE - Had a Windows 8.1 license around, an old USB keyboard and my daily driver Wireless USB mouse. For now, it's good.
In the end, I was able to nail a nice budget build for less than $400 for my Gaming-User profile.