Description

I'm not a huge fan of eating leftovers, but when I have spare PC parts lying around, I refuse to let them go to waste. This build features some really old used parts combined with some new parts. Mainly, I just wanted to put together a nice cheap build using the CPU, CPU cooler, ram, and motherboard that I had leftover from a previous build. Here's the breakdown of each part I used.

CPU

The CPU in this system is actually an Intel Xeon X3470 I got on eBay. I got inspired by Techyescity and his videos on Youtube to try out these Xeons and they work really great. I was able to overclock this CPU to 3.6 Ghz with no issues at all. I had a lot of previous experience with first gen core i5's already so using this part felt like really nice for the value. I probably could've just went with a X3440 for cheaper and got similar results, but at the time I just really wanted to try out the X3470.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is a true blast from the past. This guy had been running in one of my machines for YEARS, and it's still kicking fine, even for overclocking. The only knock on it is it's old school flower style, which has not aged well aesthetically. Also, the fan can only be controlled with a physical fan controller, which isn't a huge deal. I'm just glad I got some more value out of this ancient cooler and it's still a huge improvement over a stock CPU cooler.

Motherboard

This was another pickup on eBay that I got from a chinese seller. The board came in great condition and even came with the I/O shield. It's my first time ordering a used motherboard from China so I didn't know what to expect. I was skeptical after ordering this board, but it overclocked extremely well and easily with this setup.

Ram

Finally get to use this 2x4GB DDR-1333 kit. Most of my builds would use 16GB, or DDR3-1600, so finding a true appropriate home for this kit is a match made in heaven.

Storage

I stocked up on these Team L5 LITE drives early in 2019, and this was the last one I had in my stock. I think Micro Center has 240GB drives for ~$24.95 nowadays, so I'll probably move on to using those in my budget builds.

Video Card

One of the few cards I picked up during the post-mining craze. I made to sure to test this card thoroughly before selling this build, and thankfully, the card had no issues after a couple of long gaming sessions.

One observation I've noticed from the general public buying used PC's: they aren't familiar or know about the RX400 or RX500 series. All they know about graphics card is GEFORCE, so AMD cards are really underrated. Basically, if I could buy the equivalent nvidia card to include in my PC flips, I would do it every time since the build will probably sell faster and for more. The uninformed buyers will prefer and choose the builds with Nvidia cards.

Power Supply

It's been really hard to find budget 80+ bronze PSU's lately for less than $40. Prime Day actually had some decent sales this year, but they were still only 80 Plus White. I haven't heard GREAT things about the M12ll series, but for $30 AR, it doesn't get much cheaper for 80+ Bronze. Ketchup and mustard though, ugh.

Case

I've always been curious about this case since it's been featured on PCPartpicker's guides a lot. Amazon dropped the price down to $36 for one day, then raised it back up to $40. I was able to pick it up during that small window and was pretty stoked to finally try it out in this build. I would've loved to buy some handles from Cooler Master and just keep this build as an extra LAN party PC, but for some reason Cooler Master doesn't sell them in North America. Also, I've always though this case was kinda ugly because of the holes, and after owning it for a few months, I still think it's ugly as hell. The holes do provide decent airflow, but the case still gets HOT, and doesn't make up in aesthetics at all for me. I would never buy this case again unless it was <$30.

Miscellaneous

So this card only uses a 6-pin power connector, so I was able to use one of the extra white power extensions I had lying around. It kinda doesn't match but it still looks better than the ketchup/mustard cables. I also added a $9 WiFi card from eBay to add an extra feature to sell the build. Oh and lastly, gotta add that $2 blue LED strip for that extra FPS.

Conclusion

This was not my prettiest or favorite build I've done, but I'm just happy it was functional, well rounded, and served it's purpose. I'm happy I get to move on from these old parts and they are getting good use at their new home. The build ended up selling for it's full asking price of $360, and the buyer told me he was gonna play some League of Legends on it, which is a perfect use case for a cheap build like this.

My first Core i5 was on LGA1156, so this generation holds a special place in my heart. This will probably be one of the last builds I do on this platform though, since it's so old now, I really can't justify flipping PC's using these parts unless they come REALLY cheap, which is getting more rare and rare. I'll miss this platform, but I guess it's time to start hunting some really cheap hardware from Haswell and later. Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah yes, another build inspired by the Yes.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is the best budget build I've seen on this site! Price to performance is through the roof. Love TechYesCity too. Enjoy.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

this is really nice, i might build this for my cousin as a christmas present, how well does it perform?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Performs great in games! The CPU/Mobo can be had on eBay for pretty cheap if you search well enough. I was playing Warhammer Vermintide 2 on it mostly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Do be sure to turn off the Spectre and Meltdown protections to gain more performance back. It's necessary on Lynnfield because it severely affects performance on LGA 1156.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm haven't tried this for any of my machines since most of the games I run aren't really CPU bound. Haven't really found the need for of my 1080p/60fps builds.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Tech YES City has found there's a big difference if you plan to do high refresh at all on the system. Vsynced to 60fps, you won't notice the difference, but 144hz and above and you will notice the difference.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I don't think these budget builds will ever see a high refresh monitor lol. Good to know though

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I live in aus and it is still cheap only 387$ nice

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

that might very well be the strangest cpu cooler i’ve ever seen

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Believe it or not these flower coolers were really effective because they were made of mostly copper usually.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it, i’ve just never seen anything like it

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Before ugly beige Noctuas, there were ugly Zalman copper flowers :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked, the 240GB model SSD is $29 right now for the inland brand.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

They go up and down. $29 is still a great price but every time I've been in the store, they've had these things in BIG PILES trying to clear stock for $26. YMMV

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

In my opinion I would switch the ram out for at least 8gb of 2666Mhz RAM ($50-$60) and switch out the i7 for something like a i5-9400F (about $130) also switch to a RX 580 ($120-$160) on Newegg or if you have extra money switch to a GTX 1660 ($220) or GTX 1660 Ti ($280).

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

None of this would work unless he also spent the money on a new mobo. It would cost over double for this build with the upgrades you selected.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol I sense that an administrator is going to take down amirwooten21's comment. They're pretty strict about not letting people recommend illegal 3rd party Windows 10 Keys

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Tech YES City promotes the crap out of them and they are a bad influence in that fashion. The rest of the advice stands, but in no way should you tolerate them receiving ad money from illegal websites to promote illegal keys.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Buying a new motherboard is worth it if you want much better performance for only $250-300 more

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you have missed the point of this build. Also, don't download illegal OS keys.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a proper way to get cheap keys then? I don't think anyone wants to pay $100+ for an OS.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

literally never disabled

That's just not true. You not having heard of it doesn't mean it "literally never" happened. Either way, it's not just a matter of whether they'll be disabled or not.

If you don't want to follow the site rules, you can simply refrain from posting on the site.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wtf I never said I would post it again, I didn't know that was a rule

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

And I never said you would. It's a warning not to do it, not a conviction that you will. Don't make this more complicated than it needs to be.