Through some Craigslist, Letgo, and Facebook Marketplace effort, and through some great friends, it was possible to make this gaming PC for just $150.
My friend Trevor was the only one in our squad who didn't have a computer yet, (He tried to have me build him one at christmas but his mom wouldn't allow it, and thought $350 wouldn't be enough to build a satisfactory gaming PC. Also he's still in school without a job.), but one day as we walked through another friends garage, we found a windows vista PC that his family was planning on giving to goodwill. Immediately I wanted to try whatever it took to get this PC to run games so that Trevor could join the PC Master Race. We booted it up, checked specs, and benchmarked it. It had a core 2 duo e4400, 4 gb ram, and mobo integrated graphics. CPU scored ~80 in Cinebench R15. Things obviously didn't look bright.
Our other friend Noah was willing to donate a GTX 660 he had laying around. That was great but now we needed something a little better than a 250 watt PSU. Noah had a friend willing to donate a 500 PSU, but that friend lived an hour and half away. Next morning it was road trip time. We got the PSU, hooked it up, and it worked great. So now we had good graphics, but the CPU was stilling holding us back a ton. I got to looking on places like craigslist, and after 3-4 days i found someone selling a CPU, MoBo, and 8 GB ram. All of which were about twice as good as his current specs. Trevor sold some of his console games and controllers, and we were able to go through with the craigslist deal for $60. To top it all off we stopped at Fry's on the way home, and bought a CPU cooler, WiFi adapter, and case with the rest of the money. We also threw in a 500 GB HDD from his PS4.
We got the PC all set up. Cinebench scores were way better. I think somewhere around 350. Overclocked it a bit too just for a little extra power. he's been able to play basically every game at medium to high settings at 768p. This little project turned out pretty awesome, and I'm very happy with it, and so is Trevor.
Oh and also, I know the cable management is garbage, and yes the disc drive is forced to stick out of the front because it's abnormally long.