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I've built this PC for my business partner, because he was struggling with his old i3 Gen1 laptop. If you are interested in seeing me building it, check my video down below and if you enjoyed it, like, comment and subscribe to my channel Technotize where I'll shoot and upload videos of my future builds regularly.

The processor is X3450. Ever since their price drop in AliExpress I was amazed by the price/performance value of this CPU and I wanted so much to build with one of these. There isn't much difference between X3440 and X3480 (for the purpose of the machine), so I choosed X3450 which costed me about $6 with the discount on AliExpress.

Of course, since I'm going for overclocking as well, the cooler I chose is Arctic Freezer eSports 34 DUO. It's price range is similar to Hyper 212 EVO, with almost the same or slightly better temperatures. But I liked the dual-fan design way more than the Cooler Master. As you can see in the video, with 3.9GHz overclock, the max temp is about 65° C.

The motherboard is with the P55 chipset, which is the best for overclocking on that socket. It's actually P7P55-LX, but it's not listed here. This one is just what I found on a deal, so... nothing much else to say.

The graphics card it's Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X (not listed here as well). It is also a good deal - for $20 USD from eBay... but it came REALY DIRTY. Here is a video of how dirty it was and how I cleaned it.

The case is again InWin 101, since I'm making all the PCs at the office with this one.

The PSU is good enough for the built. No need for something extra. It has enough power and it's 80+ Bronze, so... Got it for $32 USD.

The memory is also a good deal from eBay for ~$22. It's not Micron though, it's Integral (never heard of it before), but it really doesn't matter that much. I added some heatsinks for better look.

The SSD was also a good deal. Samsung is Samsung. Got it for $32USD.

Since this chipset does not have USB 3.0, I got a PCI-E card for (partial) USB 3.0 support. With using only 1 lane on PCI-E 2.0, the speed I got is about ~100MB


Disclosure: Consider that the prices in my country (Bulgaria) are different, and the prices I entered are accurate for the period of November-December of 2019.
Color(s): Black White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Desk / Table
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


$ 69.95
Intel - Xeon X3450
Socket: LGA 1156
Cores: 4
$ 35.00
Chipset: P55
CPU Socket: LGA 1156
Size: ATX
$ 44.48
micron - Server Grade (1333MHz) (4x)
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
$ 20.00
Sapphire - Toxic
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: HD 5850
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 175.99
Samsung - 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
$ 108.10
Corsair - CX600
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
$ 110.37
IN-WIN - 101
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 80.00
AIGO - Aigo Halo Ring LED 120 WHITE (4x)
Size: 120 mm
$ 48.30
ARCTIC - Freezer 34 eSports DUO (White)
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
$ 12.00
CableMod - Sleeved Cables
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: ModFlex
Color: White
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 705.26
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