CPU And Cooler
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.
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
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.