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Brother's Christmas Gift

by A2minater



Date Published

Dec. 22, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.125 GHz


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

Part Reviews


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.

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Biopat 2 Builds 4 points 15 months ago

Your bro will love this! Stay close to your family. I lost my son 2 months ago and seeing people like you taking the time build a wonderful present like this with love is just the best! cheers ! +1

Twinkie_Doge 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

It should make his day. I also like how you have some good components like the PSU, Case, and Storage that he (or you) can move to a newer build in the future if you want. For the cost, a good build.

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I'm hoping the PSU lasts for him. It was in pretty dirty when I opened it up to clean it out, but I'm hoping that cleaning it extended its life a bit.

i_i52i_i 2 points 15 months ago

Good build

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you!

i_i52i_i 1 point 15 months ago


Vainslay 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

I can appreciate this, nice thinking on the sshd, with the current prices of storage devices now, its practically the best choice

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you! It was a hard choice to be sure.

Trixxyz 2 points 15 months ago

Great build I'm sure he will love it :)

WIthdraws 2 points 15 months ago

Certainly a capable build for what he wants to play. I hope he loves the gift!


regul8r57 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Awesome.. I love reusing parts on builds. Especially when you can make something really clean and nice looking out of very little. Great build!

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! He loves it and I see him use it almost every day!

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A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I just love seeing him talk about what he did in Skyrim and playing with him in Rocket League! It reminds me of when we used to play together on our N64 or PS3.

He even recently expressed some interest in building a desktop and asked me for some advice. He only recently got a job though so he wasn't going to be able to for a while.