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December 14, 2012 7:50:04 AM

Hey guys,

I'm building a gaming computer for a friend on a low budget. I've already chosen some basic parts for his system such as the case, PSU etc and he already has a fairly decent graphics card (GTX 460) but I'm totally stuck on what CPU and Mobo I should recommend as I have no experience with buying from Intel! Preferably I'm looking for an i5 and the budget would be somewhere around £140 for the CPU and £60 for the mobo however cheaper parts would be awesome!

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December 14, 2012 7:57:01 AM

Edit: I've been rethinking the budget and maybe a cheaper i3 will do the job for current games and not bottleneck the GPU? So a recommendation of that would be great too
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December 14, 2012 8:06:24 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/jEEx

Keep in mind that this CPU doesn't have IGP, but it'll perform a lot better than an i3 and the Z77 board will keep the upgrade options opened for i5 3570K/i7 3770K.
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December 14, 2012 8:27:01 AM

Thanks Dolan! I've been looking and I found this on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007RMH0MU/ref=ox_sc...

Is it worth spending an extra £10, I know it's not much but every little helps and will this give him any noticeable difference in performance than the one you suggested?
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December 14, 2012 8:39:26 AM

Well, seeing as he's got GTX460, he doesn't really need IGP which leaves 200MHz higher Turbo Boost frequency the only real benefit here. Nothing too exciting if you ask me, but it still might be worth the extra £10
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/500/Intel_Core_i5_i5-3...
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December 14, 2012 8:54:24 AM

Soda-88 said:
Well, seeing as he's got GTX460, he doesn't really need IGP which leaves 200MHz higher Turbo Boost frequency the only real benefit here. Nothing too exciting if you ask me, but it still might be worth the extra £10
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/500/Intel_Core_i5_i5-3...


Graphics cards are always prone to failure and thats why I believe whether you use an IGP or not, they are always useful, so you ALWAYS have a way to at least get display.
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December 14, 2012 9:28:15 AM

JJ1217 said:
Graphics cards are always prone to failure and thats why I believe whether you use an IGP or not, they are always useful, so you ALWAYS have a way to at least get display.


Massive +1 to this. I'm on an i7 920 (original Nehalem series i7) without integrated graphics and I can say first hand how handy integrated graphics would have been when my graphics card died. The 3450 is a really excellent CPU and it's what I'd get if I was buying now.
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