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

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July 15, 2014 12:15:40 PM

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...

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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July 15, 2014 12:23:05 PM

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.
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July 15, 2014 12:25:40 PM

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
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July 15, 2014 12:50:20 PM

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-...
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July 15, 2014 1:23:34 PM

The 1230 would do better in multithreaded situations, but the i5 4440 would be better in anything that uses 4 or less threads.
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July 15, 2014 1:32:29 PM

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)
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July 15, 2014 1:49:00 PM

edit : didnt notice gtx 670
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July 15, 2014 4:37:57 PM

I don't understand your point. I have a graphics card which will output the video?
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July 15, 2014 4:49:03 PM

+1 for the Xeon, very, very good performance, low power (10-45W) and very cool running.
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July 15, 2014 10:53:29 PM

Agreed, +1 for the Xeon E3-1230V2; It's pretty much an i7-3770 with a very slightly lower clockspeed and no integrated graphics.
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July 16, 2014 4:25:32 AM

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...

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

http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-b75ia-e33-s1155-intel-...

Also, should I just buy an intel stock cooler or is there a similarly cheap and small (for itx) cooler that would be better?
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July 16, 2014 5:52:18 AM

Thank you very much for your advice, I will buy that one. I'm planning to use a Silverstone SG08-Lite
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