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Cheap computer for light gaming?

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Cheap computer for light gaming?

Can be desktop or laptop. Prefer small and cute. Doesn't need to run hard games. Maybe adventure games like diablo.
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Option 1a: Build a PC with R3 3200G or R5 3400G with 8GB of RAM and some SSD. Get the cheapest PSU and Case that money could buy

Option 1b: Get a PSU with enough PCIe connectors for a GPU. Probably get a used RX 580 for ~$130

Option 2: Get a refurbished/used Dell/HP/Lenovo tower i5 3470/4570s/4570 with 8GB of DDR3 RAM + some SSD. Get cheapest PSU with enough PCIe connectors for a used RX 580 GPU (Lenovo and HP motherboards require power converter cables if replacing the PSU)

Option 3: Get a refurbished PC/Laptop that is equal or better than an i5 3470/4570s/4570 and use Geforce NOW to play games over the internet for 1 hour sessions at a time.

I think either option 1 or 3 would meet your needs the best. Since they don't require a separate GPU which is necessary for rendering games locally, especially for newer releases at higher resolutions and refresh rates.
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I've noticed a substantial increase in component prices recently.

3 weeks ago I bought a Gigabyte 400 watt power supply for $39 at Canada Computers. Same item is now $69.

Can't find an inexpensive mAtx case either. Seems as though they are mostly over $60.
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Never, ever cheap out on a PSU. I lost a motherboard, CPU, RAM, when a cheap power supply crapped out.

Everything else can be cheap, none of which will cause catastrophic failure of other expensive components.

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