The use of server and desktop Intel processors from previous generations, which are currently worth a penny and sold almostweight, allows you to build a productive PC for work and entertainment. In addition to the CPU, for this selection we have selected other components, the total cost of which allows us to assemble a very budget version of a computer that is not inferior in performance to more expensive counterparts.
Intel Xeon X3440 processor
Originally Xeon family processorswere intended for server systems, however, after a slight hardware modification and BIOS update of some models of motherboards, they began to be used as a high-performance solution for home and office PCs. The Intel Xeon X3440 model has 4 cores and operates at a frequency of 2.53 GHz. The TDP of the processor is 95W. To install such a "stone" requires a compatible board with Socket 1156.
Processor Intel Core i5-3570
If you still have an LGA1155 motherboard,then by supplementing it with an Intel Core i5-3570 processor on a 22-nm Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, you can also get an inexpensive and productive solution for most home tasks, including playing streaming content and running not the newest games. "Stone" operates at a frequency of 3.4 GHz, has 4 cores and heat dissipation at the level of 77 watts. The L2 cache size is 6 MB.
2-core processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - classic 2-core,designed for installation in the LGA775 socket and built on the Wolfdale microarchitecture. Its main advantage is the extremely low price, which allows you to buy such processors literally by weight. At the same time, a system built on its basis will quite pull Internet browsing, as well as work in office applications. The processor operates at a frequency of 3.16 GHz, has 6 MB of cache and has a heat dissipation of 65 watts.
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77P-D3 on LGA 1155
Despite the fact that motherboards for oldSince processors are becoming more and more difficult to find in computer stores, it is always easy to find several affordable options on Aliexpress. The Gigabyte GA-Z77P-D3 board is designed to install Intel processors under the LGA1155 socket. As RAM, you can install 2 DDR3 strips with a total capacity of up to 8 GB. The GMA X4500 video chip integrated into the board eliminates the need for an additional graphics card.
Motherboard ASUS P5G41T-M LX V2 on LGA775
For those who decided to build a system onlow-cost processors for the LGA775 socket, the best option would be to purchase an ASUS P5G41T-M LX V2 motherboard. The "motherboard" supports the installation of up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, for which 2 slots are provided here. 8 USB 2.0 ports are available for connecting external devices. The keyboard and mouse can be hooked up through the PS/2 ports. The built-in GMA X4500 video module will be useful for those who do not need a powerful graphics card.
Motherboard ASUS P7H55 under LGA1156
ASUS P7H55 is a more modern solution,allowing you to work with processors designed for installation in the LGA1156 slot. The board is based on the Intel H55 chipset and supports up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, for which there are 4 slots. The total number of USB ports on this "motherboard" is 12 pieces. To connect there are 6 SATA II ports. The board also supports 8-channel audio output.
Kingstone RAM modules
Similar to motherboards that work withprocessors that are already out of production, compatible memory should also be looked for first of all on Aliexpress. Kingston DDR3 modules are available in 1, 2, 4 and 8 GB versions. All bars have a fairly high overall rating of 4.8 points. Delivery is carried out in strong cases that protect the modules from mechanical damage. Before selling, the memory undergoes mandatory testing.
Veinida DDR3 Memory
Memory module manufacturer brand Veinida is wrongwell known to Russian buyers as Kingston, however, it is highly popular with users whose average rating is 4.9 points. The range includes DDR3-slats with a volume of 2, 4 and 8 GB, operating at a frequency of 1333 and 1600 MHz. A feature of Veinida memory is compatibility with systems built on both Intel and AMD processors.
Atermiter memory modules
Atermiter DDR3 memory sticks are presented inversions for Intel and AMD processors. As for the volume, the assortment includes modules for 2, 4 and 8 GB, operating at frequencies of 1333, 1600 and 1866 MHz. With impressive sales volumes, the average user rating is 4.8 points out of 5 possible. Like similar memory, Atermiter sticks come in transparent packaging. Also on sale are versions with radiators.
Video card GIGABYTE GT630
Choosing a discrete graphics card forFor a budget self-assembly PC, you should look at inexpensive lines from well-known manufacturers that are widely represented on Aliexpress. Model GIGABYTE GT630 has a compact size and is equipped with 1 GB of RAM. Modern games on it will not work, but for video playback and simple graphics processing, it will fit perfectly. HDMI, VGA and DVI slots are available for connecting monitors.
Video card Asus GTX-750TI-OC
Also among the inexpensive video cards ismodel Asus GTX-750TI-OC (used), which comes with 2 GB of RAM. Such a board allows you to comfortably view high-definition video, as well as run individual games that were released several years ago. There are 3 ports for displaying images, including the popular HDMI, DVI, and VGA, which is left for compatibility with old ...
Video card ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950
Buying a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 card isa serious bid to launch relatively fresh games in FullHD resolution. She also does an excellent job of playing videos and working in graphic editors. The model has 2 GB of RAM, and 2 coolers are used for its cooling. Among the supported signal transmission interfaces, there are HDMI, DP ports, as well as DVI, which is gradually becoming a thing of the past.
Because the cost of fast SSDsis constantly decreasing, and the reliability of even budget versions is steadily growing, then it is advisable to purchase solid-state drives as a disk for installing an operating system today. KingDian's 2.5-inch model comes in capacities ranging from 60GB to 1TB. The drive supports the SATA III interface and provides superior performance in a wide variety of usage scenarios.
A worthy alternative to KingDian drives areKingSpec SSDs. Modifications for 120, 240 and 480 GB are available for sale. At the same time, even the youngest version of the line allows you to install the operating system and a set of necessary programs. The SATA III interface is used for data transfer. The read and write speed depends on the specific use case, reaching values of 560 and 510 Mb / s.
Netac N500S SSD
Completes the selection of inexpensive solid statedrive series Netac drives, including models from 60 GB to 1 TB. Depending on the specific modification and usage scenario, the read/write speed of such disks can reach 550/460 Mb/s. Support for the LDPC error correction system allows you to extend the life of drives. The N500S line is based on TLC flash memory and supports data transfer via SATA III interface.
AIGO E3 Tower Cooler with 4 Heatpipes
The AIGO E3 cooler belongs to the tower type andequipped with 4 heat pipes. The device is universal, that is, suitable for installation in systems based on Intel and AMD processors. The presence of a built-in LED-backlight on the fan allows you to use it in amateur modding. The maximum rotation speed of the blades is 1800 rpm. To reduce the noise level, the number of revolutions can be reduced to 800.
Tower type aluminum cooler
This cooler model is the simplest,because it is equipped with only 2 heat pipes. To create an air flow, a fan with dimensions of 80 x 80 cm is used here. Its maximum number of revolutions is 2000 per minute. At the same time, the device is quite quiet, since the declared noise level is only 22.6 dB. compatible with any system built on old and new processors from Intel and AMD.
Powerful 6-pipe cooler
For those who are used to squeezing out of their PCmaximum and is engaged in overclocking equipment for this, a solution that provides for 6 heat pipes at once is well suited. The fan here is located between 2 radiators and is equipped with a blue LED backlight. The maximum speed of its rotation is 2200 rpm. The noise level of such a cooler is 20 dB, which makes it very quiet. The device is suitable for installation on Intel and AMD processors.
Cooler for case Aigo DR12 with controlled backlight
Cooling is necessary not only for heat dissipationfrom the processor. It is equally important to arrange the removal of heated air from the system unit. For this purpose, it is convenient to use the case cooler Aigo DR12. Its feature is the presence of LED-backlight, the color of which can be controlled from the remote control. Thus, the fixture is well suited for modding. The dimensions of such a cooler are 120 x 120 mm, and the maximum number of revolutions is 1200 per minute.
Embedded card reader
Although the card reader does not belong to the category of mandatory components, its presence in the system unit simplifies interaction with popular drive formats: , external drives and memory cards.In addition to the standard set of slots, this model is distinguished by the presence of 3 USB 3.0 ports, as well as eSATA and USB-C connectors. The reader is installed in a 5.25-inch bay. Its connection is carried out directly to the motherboard.