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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!