I can't stop building these things as little side projects. The value is so good on this generation of parts right now, and this kind of build still performs really well for 1080p gaming as a gateway into the PCMR. This one started off with someone selling an H61 motherboard and i3 3220 for $30 on my local Craigslist, and after that everything just fell into place! Most of these deals were found on OfferUp or Craigslist in the SF bay area, or on eBay in the case of the RAM and CPU. For me, the parts hunt is half the fun and I really enjoy the process of optimizing these budget builds.
Last night I was testing it and playing PUBG with my friends on this rig at a stable 75-80 FPS. I have a G-sync monitor for my main PC and plugged it into this machine and it was a surprisingly good experience. I couldn't believe how well the game was running on a sub $200 PC, given it was at 1080p and low settings.
The cable management in this case isn't excellent and the PSU I ended up with has way more cables than I needed, so apologies for the little nest down by the drive bay. The case was for sale on Newegg for $27.99 with free shipping which was a steal!
Also blegh on the stock cooler, but a budget is a budget and it doesn't go above 62 C while gaming.