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System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC
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Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 435

The AMD Athlon II X3 435 may lack the shared L3 cache found in AMD’s Phenom II processors, but it still offers tremendous value with three processing cores, 2.9 GHz stock clock speeds, and solid overclocking potential.

Read Customer Reviews of AMD's Athlon II X3 435


The 3.0 GHz Athlon II X3 440 has since been released at this same price point, reducing the cost of our processor to $75.  

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-SD964

Read Customer Reviews of Xigmatek's HDT-SD964


The Xigmatek HDT-SD964 offers a good blend of size, performance, noise, and affordability. Heat is dissipated by four copper heat pipes, aluminum fins, and a 92mm variable-speed, pulse-width modulation (PWM) fan.  

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