The Leftovers - $250 Budget 1080p Gaming Build

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The Leftovers - $250 Budget 1080p Gaming Build

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
Color(s): Blue
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
Intel - Xeon X3470
Cores: 4
Socket: LGA 1156
Motherboard
ASUS - P7P55D
Chipset: P55
CPU Socket: LGA 1156
Memory Support: DDR3
Memory
G.Skill - Value
Capacity: 8 GB
Type: DDR3
Storage
TeamGroup - L5 Lite (Gold)
Capacity: 240 GB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Type: SSD
Graphics
SAPPHIRE - Nitro+
Chip: RX 470
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
PSU
Seasonic - S12II 520 Bronze (discontinued)
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Non-Modular
Case
Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L
Motherboard Support: Micro-ATX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Type: Mini-Tower
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