I don't know how you picked up a new PC for $200 10 years ago. You must have either found one on a clearance sale, refurbished, open box or used. I would be willing to wager that some company like HP or Dell had overproduced cheap desktop PC's that weren't selling because of the recession, so these cheap PC's were marked down to a stupid low price in order to move inventory. Building or buying a PC is every bit as expensive today as it was 10 years ago.
The only difference is video cards are far more expensive today than what they were 10 years ago. The exception to this rule of inflation is AMD/ATI had Nvidia on the run with the 4870 and 5870. Once Nvidia regained their lead, they marked prices up. Hard Disk Drives are cheaper if you consider what is an adequate level of storage.
With the exception of the video card, if you can find a prebuilt tower on sale for around $200 that will exceed most of the specs you listed. The PC would also need to be in a mATX or mini-tower sized case that can accept a basic video card. If you buy one of these refurbished PC in a SFF case, trying to fit a decent video card into it will be close to impossible. So if you go the refurbished route then you would need to buy one that's in a case that's large enough for a video card.
You could also troll offerup or craigslist for a used PC that someone wants to get rid of. Last week I saw a guy selling a PC on offerup for $200 that had a Core i7-4790k, 16gb of RAM, and a GTX 970. Unfortunately the person who bought this PC turned around and sold it on offerup for $440. You'd have to be familiar with the value of used components to pull off getting a used PC at a good price.
The specs you have listed are of components from 2006-2008. The Ryzen 3 2200g with it's Vega 8 iGPU would be able to thump the CPU and GPU specs you listed, while the Ryzen 5 2400g or 3400g would do even more so. If you know where to look for Windows 10, you can get it for almost nothing, and Windows 10 can be run without a product key if you don't mind the watermark and lack of customization.
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