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I'm 20, I just moved into an apartment w/ my best-friend a few months ago, and although we both have pretty strong rigs, I figured it'd be fun to do a budget PC build for the living room. So I started doing some research on cheap processors. I found the that the Xeon x3xxx series are dirt cheap and finding a motherboard (while kind of overpriced IMO) was still a viable price-performance option. I also wanted to use this build to learn how to do some basic overclocking, and considering that Xeons can be a bit touchy with OC, I feel that I learned a good bit. All in all, I love this build and gaming on the couch is nice. I use this for watching movies, Netflix, PUBG, Fallout 4, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Ark, Shadow of Mordor, and Witcher 3. Since my TV is 720p, I opted to just play at that resolution, which squeezes out some more performance in games, but it still runs just as well @ 1080p. Games run well maxed at over 60 fps, ARK is a mix up of medium / high / epic settings. Sadly PCPartpicker doesn't have this line of processors listed, so I chose the closest thing I could find.

CPU: Xeon x3440 4 cores / 8 threads Clocked @ 2.53 stock, OC @ 3.5 ghz got on E bay for $17.99 free S/H

Cooler: Cooler Master 212 (I've used these before and they're great) The fan was going to block ram slots, So I reversed it to a pull config, and temps are just as good.

MOBO: Biostar T5 XE Got it on E bay everything worked, but I think It may have a dead Ram slot but I don't see myself exceeding 8gb on this machine.

RAM: 2x4gb G.Skill- I haven't tried overclocking Ram yet, but I'm not really concerned about it, this chipset really only supports 1333mhz 4gb per slot.

SSD: I wanted a fast boot, but in the future I probably wouldn't invested in an SDD for such a low-price build. HDD: 1TB WD blue from Best buy

GPU: I browsed eBay for about a week trying figure out what would kick some *** for under $200. While a few months ago I saw some 970s going for ~$150 I couldn't find one go for under $200. Considering that the mining craze completely screwed up GPU prices, I was happy to get a 780 ti for $165 w/ S/H. Great Performance (it's slightly better than a 970 but it's really power hungry).

Case: Cheap and I wanted something with Orange color inside. We call it the MOLTEN CORE, but the GPU I got was green, lol.

PSU: Got this a year ago for about $35 at Best buy, I haven't used it, so I threw it in this build.

Asus DVD reader: This was left over from a pre built I got years ago.

Fans: The way this case mounts front fans by clipping on the dust filter didn't work as these specific fans had grooves right where the clips were supposed to attach, so I broke out the Krazy-glue and made it happen.

When I did this build I knew I'd be forfeiting some modern features like USB 3.0, faster RAM, etc. For what I use this build for, I think it does a great job regardless. Currently working on another one of these for a friend.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 8 points

These are the kind of PCs I really love, not the crazy, watercooled dream machines (Even thought they are incredibly cool). Love me some value for money.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it's pretty fun to take old parts and make them useful again, make something unique out of it

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

In these kind of builds you can see all the effort people put in choosing the parts and the love they put in building it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

long time, no see... My good sir... +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

that motherboard looks ******* horrible xd

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

lmao It really is pretty nasty looking, I'm working on another one right now and I gotta say the MSI P55 I picked up is MUCH more aesthetic, Hell anything is better than that xD

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Why whats wrong with it? Thats what motherboards looked like back then. I personally think all the graphic stuff and excess RGB crap isnt the best either.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not saying I love rgb and excess crap because imo I'd rather just have all black, no additionals mobo but that motherboard just looks like rainbow puke lol

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i hear ya on that.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually love that old retro look, ahaha.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this kind of build. My next project is very similar to this in that it involves the Xeon to LGA 775 conversion. Trying to come in under 200$ for everything.

All you need to do now is set up Kodi/Plex and you'll have yourself a nice little HTPC for everyone to enjoy.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I was debating doing a 775 build next. There's definitely a lot of underrated power in old Xeons. If I can find a decent x58 motherboard cheap, I was thinking about building an 6 core x5650 ~$20

Good luck on your build, $200 is an impressive price!