Back in January of 2014 I thought it would be fun to build my 18 year old Nephew a new computer, something that could be used for his college courses, browsing the internet, and of course gaming.
I set a budget of $700 and gave myself 6 months to find all the necessary components.
But in order to stay within budget and not compromise on the GPU, salvaging of a few parts was in order.
The CPU cooler and power supply were easy to find as they came from my old rig, so all that was left was to find a computer case. Luckily in April my buddy decided to upgrade his system and hand over his old system to me for free, thus giving all my Nephew's new components a home. Unluckily for me, the case proved rather challenging as the old system had not been cleaned since 2009!
5 years worth of dog hair, dust and who-knows-what-else had to be purged.
A six pack of Ballast Point and a few hours later the case was refurbished and given new life.
In hindsight it would have just been easier to purchase a new case, but sticking to the budget and applying a bit of elbow grease, it made building the new system feel more rewarding in the end.