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Please could someone help me find the best value i5 to buy online?

Hi,

I'm building a Mini ITX PC for University. I have all of my components except for the motherboard and CPU. I have about £180 left and I expect to pay about £50 for the motherboard. That leaves me with about £130 left but I don't want to spend all of it if I can avoid it.

So far, the best I can come up with is a B75 Motherboard from CCL (£45) and this new i5 3470 from eBay for £110. There is a refurbished 4430 available with the cooler for £101 but I wasn't sure if it would be better (MB would be more expensive). I don't mind buying used or refurbished but if it comes without a cooler don't forget to factor in the cost of that.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-i5-3470-3-2GHz-CPU-6MB-Cache-Ivy-Bridge-Processor-BX80637I53470-/231272591019?pt=UK_Computing_CPUs_Processors&hash=item35d8ebaeab

Please could anyone see if they can find something better? Maybe a 2xxx i5 or something. (Can you OC a 2500k with a B75? It's going with a gtx 670 by the way.

Thanks for any advice you can offer me. :)
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  1. All anyone else is going to do is look on ebay or amazon and look up chips in your price range. It's not like we have a secret ebay here. If there is a chip in your price range on there, you'd find it just as much as we would.
  2. can you afford another 10 quid?
    intel haswell, not ivy bridge 3xxx series
    brand new, complete with the cooler
    and for that price you get WIFI mobo

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£122.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£68.40 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £190.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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    you can always get cheaper mobo though

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£122.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard (£47.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £169.38
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£145.00 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £177.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  4. In response to the 4440 idea, that definitely is a viable option. I wouldn't want to buy a 4670 though, too expensive.

    Are you sure a £120 4440 + £50 H81 MB is better than £110 3470 + £45 B75 MB? If the performance increase would match the 10% price increase?

    Something else I found on eBay is this Xeon E3-1230 for £115+£5 P&P. The seller claims it is similar in performance to an i7 but I don't know enough to question it. With the £45 MB it would only be £165 in total which is very slightly cheaper than the 4440 option. It doesn't come with a cooler but if it performs better I could get one with the money left over.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Xeon-E3-1230-I7-2600-3-2GHz-/261513959130?pt=UK_Computing_CPUs_Processors&hash=item3ce37256da
  5. The 1230 would do better in multithreaded situations, but the i5 4440 would be better in anything that uses 4 or less threads.
  6. logainofhades said:
    The 1230 would do better in multithreaded situations, but the i5 4440 would be better in anything that uses 4 or less threads.


    Does that include all E3-1230 or just the sandy bridge one?

    There is an E3-1230v2 on eBay for £120+£5 Postage (Brand new but without cooler)
  7. edit : didnt notice gtx 670
  8. I don't understand your point. I have a graphics card which will output the video?
  9. +1 for the Xeon, very, very good performance, low power (10-45W) and very cool running.
  10. Agreed, +1 for the Xeon E3-1230V2; It's pretty much an i7-3770 with a very slightly lower clockspeed and no integrated graphics.
  11. Thank you for your responses. So two of you agree I should get the New Xeon E3-1230V2 without Cooler for £120+£5 Postage compared to the New i5 3470 with Cooler for £110 or the £122 i5 4440 from amazon?

    Xeon

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-XEON-E3-1230-V2-CPU-OEM-NO-Heatsink-/321455010178?pt=UK_Computing_CPUs_Processors&hash=item4ad8363182

    If I were to get the Xeon, would it work with this?

    http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-b75ia-e33-s1155-intel-b75-ddr3-mitx-8XH8.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&utm_content=Q200&utm_campaign=Components%20and%20Storage%20-%20Motherboards%20and%20Processors%20-%20Motherboards

    Also, should I just buy an intel stock cooler or is there a similarly cheap and small (for itx) cooler that would be better?
  12. Best answer
    Yes, that's a pretty good deal there. And yes to your second question as well, here's the list of supported CPUs: http://www.msi.com/support/mb/B75IAE33.html#support-cpu

    As for the cooler, this should do: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-cpu-cooler-cnps7000calcu
    There are better ones if you can spend more money, but if not, that would be just fine. What case are you going to use?
  13. Thank you very much for your advice, I will buy that one. I'm planning to use a Silverstone SG08-Lite
  14. Happy to help :)

    You could actually fit one of these in your case: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rrtx3e22pkr1
    It's a bit quieter and runs a bit cooler than the Zalman cooler.
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