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Second generation (sandy bridge) vs third and fourth generation intel i5

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December 21, 2013 5:31:04 AM

I found this great motherboard Gigabyte XKT-1155 Z68AP-D3 which seemed to do everything I wanted. It had pci 3, could support 32gb of2133 ddr3 ram and was only £40.
However, i've realised that it can only support second generation intel, meaning i would have to go with sandy bridge.
What I am asking is if it is ok going with the sandy bridge, or if the performance gain in the newer generations is worth it.
Also, if you would recommend the newer generations (third or forth) could you also recommend a cheap motherboard as well that has pci 3 (around £40). Thanks!

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December 21, 2013 5:33:58 AM

I recommend newer generation haswell CPUs. I don't think you can get a good mobo for 40 euro with all the features you require.
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December 21, 2013 5:40:57 AM

ok, well can you recommend a budget mobo that has pci 3? I don't care much for the faster ram. Also I like in the UK
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December 21, 2013 5:49:38 AM

I think MSI Z87-G43 has PCI 3. You check it out. It is a good choice.
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December 21, 2013 7:14:06 AM

Its a bit too expensive however
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December 21, 2013 7:34:18 AM

it will support ivy bridge, all z68's will, its just a bios update. but i still see no reason to go with the z68 unless your getting a package deal on the sandy bridge cpu and the mobo. just find a z77 for ivy bridge or a z87 for haswell.
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December 21, 2013 8:15:04 AM

I think this sums it up pretty nicely:



At 4.4Ghz, an i7 Haswell (4th gen) has the same "performance" as my i7 Sandy B. (2nd gen) at 4.6Ghz. I would say the i7 Ivy B is in between. Haswell uses less power and has newer instructions which should be used in the coming year with new software releases. For current software, a 200Mhz advantage is pretty much everything "better" going on for Haswell when thinking in performance.

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December 21, 2013 9:27:03 AM

Well I was going to go for the fx 6300, however i decided i would play it safe and get intel

So my options are

1.
Intel Core i5-2300 - £110
Gigabyte XKT-1155 Z68AP-D3 - £40

2.
Intel Core i5-4440 - £132
MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate - £75

Its a shame that intel is so much more expensive than amd, as the second option is around £60 more than amd, however i think its probably my safest bet.
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December 21, 2013 9:30:39 AM

does this look ok?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.08 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£64.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£225.72 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.12 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £587.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-21 17:30 GMT+0000)
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December 21, 2013 10:25:28 AM

Uhm... If you go Intel, I would try and stretch the budget to reach an i5-k. Simple reason being that, for desktop systems and if you're not power conscious, AMD is the better choice because of the OC capability of their FX line.

You can easily reach and pass the i5 4440 performance with an FX6300 + OC for the same budget. So, going by that, you can swap the CPU and MoBo for an FX6300+Hyper 212+Asus-something:

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£66.50 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£225.72 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £574.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-21 18:27 GMT+0000)


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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£162.17 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£59.95 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£69.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£225.72 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £647.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-21 18:34 GMT+0000)
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December 21, 2013 12:55:30 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but i don't think i will be overclocking, so ill probably be fine with a non k cpu.
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December 21, 2013 1:40:52 PM

Ah, ok then. That settles it, I guess.

If you're not gonna OC, you're right.

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