I've been collecting as many free parts as my basement will allow for about 2 years now. I want to make mods that don't cost a fortune. I want to play with a case and parts without having to spend over a grand or having to worry so much. This is the first product of a project I call "Leftover Soup!" I'm very proud and surprised with how well this old lady performs.
Final build: https://youtu.be/bX6xGbnDXGk
The only parts purchased new are the ones you see listed with prices. EVERYTHING else was given away or thrown away. A new ssd at micro center for only 30 bucks made a big difference. The PC really feels fast with the os on there. The cpu cooler was an obvious luxury at 20 and the white cable are literally the cheapest set I could find. I bought blue paint but the black and white I already had. All and all... Super cheep.
Paint and acrylic can go a long way and I have plenty of both. I got to use my new stickler cutter to make the 3 layered sticker you see on top as well as stenches for the paint job. Blue was an obvious choice to go with our motherboard and ram. My buddy wanted to add the black and white to the color scheme to match one of his favorite soccer teams, Gremio, from Brazil.
Original acrylic panel was badly scratched... so we upgraded the case to open air : P
The paint job was quite a fiasco but I think in the end we both like it a lot.
Threw some stick on heat sinks on the mofets and chokes for good measure and style points.
Even with the old hardware we get over 60 fps in most titles and newer titles will get there if we lower the settings a bit. Playing at 1080p and having a blast! Everything is super playable. Really... this thing impressed us as a budget gaming rig. My buddy was stoked to be able to play overwatch and fortnite FINALLY.
I have full documentation of all shenanigans here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASJKD2Gof0&t=2s Live build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-T-_booab8&t=7837s
Remember kids... You don't need to brake the bank to bring home a sick rig... Just put a lot of time and heart into your work ... and paint.
Start collecting free used parts now and someday down the road you will be able to build a decent rig for next to nothing. For me, I love building, so I'm going to keep digging threw my used parts to make affordable PCs as often as I can.