My brother has been playing Rocket League, Skyrim, and a few other games on his laptop, which arguably does pretty well with a 750m, but lately it's been showing signs of slowing down. I had a few old parts laying around and decided to put them together and build him something he could game on.
The i3 2120 is from another friends pc I built earlier this year. He upgraded to an i5 2500k and gave back the i3. The GPU and RAM are from my dad's pc which he just had replaced. The PSU was from a neighbors old pc he gave me after I helped him move. It was the only salvageable part.
I purchased the MOBO, SSHD, and Case. The MOBO is the bare minimum and cannot OC, but it came with an IO shield and cpu cooler. I decided on an SSHD instead of an SSD because I know my brother won't be able to put a lot of money into upgrading and that he'd appreciate more space over faster boot times. The case is actually pretty great for the price, but again pretty close to the bare minimum.
It's not a super powerful PC, but hopefully it will be better than his laptop and sufficient enough in anything else he uses it for.
Game 21%, Desk 40%, Work 24%
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 - 47.4%
GPU: AMD HD 7770 - 18.5%
HDD: Seagate ST2000LX001-1RG174 2TB - 56.1%
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 C10 1x8GB - 29%
MBD: Acer Veriton X4610G
I cannot attest for longevity as I only recently purchased this, but boot times are faster than on an HDD and it handles everything else as it should.
Fantastic Budget Case WHEN ON SALE LOW ENOUGH
For the price I paid ($24.49) this is a phenomenal case. It comes with 3 relatively quiet fans, USB 3.0, and a very small amount of back panel space to hide wires. The glossy plastic on the front also collects fingerprints like nothing else.
However the build quality is cheap, thin metal with sharp edges and a plastic side window, and there is very little room behind the motherboard so closing the side panel is impossible without spreading the PSU wires out.
Conclusion - Good for $25, Terrible at MSRP
This case is cheap and the $60 MSRP is a joke. You can choose from a plethora of higher quality cases at that price point. Heck you could get a $40 case that's better than this one and use the savings to get higher quality fans. It regularly goes on sale for $25-$35 and for that price it's great, but otherwise I'd suggest looking elsewhere.