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I built this to hold me over during the inflated PC market last year (2018). I got the T3500 Desktop for 50$. I actually bought 5 of them at this price to upgrade and flip. This was in the better condition between the five that I bought, and I put a little more money into it than was necessary for the sake of enthusiasm. Since I did not have an overclocking motherboard, I opted for the 86$ X5690 over the 22$ X5660 for it's higher clock speeds (3.5Ghz vs 2.8Ghz). I added exhaust fans, removed all of the unneeded parts from the inside of the case, and added a GTX 1060 3GB.

The 1060 3GB was a neat card. It played League of Legends at 4K, but struggled on a lot of the games I wanted to play at 1080p, even on lower settings. To remedy this I replaced the 1060 with a 1070, which required a larger power supply. I was really happy with the 1070, and I kept this configuration for 5-6 months. I eventually sold the system for 450$ without the Wifi Adapter or Peripherals.

Here are the UserBenchmark Results:

Game 89%, Desk 54%, Work 53% CPU: Intel Xeon X5690 - 69.8% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 107.5% HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012) - 87.4% RAM: Unknown 15GB - 44.6%

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Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a great build for the price! I seen xeons are starting to get some love in the gaming community. Pretty good idea to upgrade to the 1070.

What are your plans for this pc?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. Xeons such as the X5660 and E5 1620 v3 are becoming popular as businesses cycle out their hardware. There's a relatively small crowd of people that are interested in buying used Xeons, so there is a massive supply met with low demand, allowing prices on chips like the X5660 to drop to 20$.

The plan for this system is to use it as my main system as long as it is relevant. It powers a 4K Sony TV in my room and I play older titles at 4K, newer at 1440p. It will be a few generations of hardware upgrades before I start missing out, and at that point this system will become a household secondary, or be sold to fund the new build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Smart!!

I predict that by the tenth generation, you will be considering your next upgrade.

You should consider keeping this build and convert it to an HTPC since those systems do not usually need the latest everything to run them.

If you choose to sell this system in the future, I hope you get the most out of it.

Enjoy your pc.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it. I was thinking, since its an inconspicuous Dell case, that I might get a nice Dell monitor, mouse and keyboard and place it in the living room. That would be kind of neat.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build, I recently was given a T3500 for free and have done this same build.

Just curious, where did you connect your extra exhaust fans at?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! They make excellent systems. I bought a molex to 3x 3pin fan adapter. Here's the link to the one I ordered. [STAFF REMOVED] These fans are very quiet so absolutely no issue running them at full speed.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

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