Best Bang for Buck

Intel Core i5 750 qaud core processor
March 3, 2010 at 15:49:59
Specs: Windows Vista, XP2.2/2GB

Hi fella's. It's great to be back after an 8 year absence.

Im currently looking to renew my hardware (NF7-S on her last legs) and im totally out of the loop since the socketA/478 days so I thought I'd give you guys a shout.

Im looking for a mid price range - deffo Intel, having a budget of £400 max to find the Best Bang for Buck (board/cpu/ram/graphics - bundle) with good performance/stability/Overclocker. Generally I only use a main/primary sata drive and a second sata drive for storage/back-up so I dont have to go with a board with endless raid capabilties.

Here's what ive found based on my limited browsing time and lack of knowledge on the new
systems so im sure you guys can come up with more bang per buck:

(all retail/brand new prices)

Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard £80

Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 £140

Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler £30

Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 MHz Platinum 4GB (2x2) 1.65V 9-9-9-24 £90

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 £55

Total cost £395
What's your thoughts fella's?

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March 3, 2010 at 17:38:03
Yeah, research AMD AM3 gear. You'll find motherboards and processors cheaper and performance is excellent.

The HD 4670 is a good choice for video and you'll be able to find a good and inexpensive Corsair psu (400-450w) to run it all.

Where are you doing your shopping?


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March 3, 2010 at 23:34:06
Board & Cooler from
Cpu & Memory came up cheaper on Ebay shop.

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March 4, 2010 at 08:19:50
Take a look at this stuff...

Asus M4A89GTD PRO - £108
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H - £110
More info at

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - £136

Corsair 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit - £85

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 - £55

Total cost £386 - All prices from

So, total cost and performance is about the same. In my opinion, AMD is currently a more flexible platform and the 6Gbps SATA is nice. Here's some insight into Intel's plans with their current platforms.


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March 4, 2010 at 11:29:42
Nice one Skip. Good job I asked first before going with the 1156 skt. It's a shame really as ive run AMD for the last 10 years and really fancied a change to Intel. I might hold off and see what Intel brings to the table for 2011 to supercede SKT1156/1366.

Out of interest does the Phenom II stack up against the I7/I5 chips when it comes to multi tasking?

Also, what's your thinking behind saving a mere £5 for slower memory ..1333mhz/£85 as opposed to 1600mhz/£90 ?

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March 4, 2010 at 21:05:03
Core i5 is faster than phenom II. And core i7 & i5 run best on 1333mhz so there's no need to buy 1600mhz ram.

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March 5, 2010 at 12:19:50
"Core i5 is faster than phenom II"

Not really. The Intel Core I5 650 is on par with the AMD Phenom II 955 (both running at 3.2GHZ) but the 955 is £15 cheaper so more bang per buck with AMD chips.

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March 5, 2010 at 12:42:12
In the real world, the two competing platforms are about equal. If you want to throw benchmarks at the public, the I5 will win on many benchmarks.

Either platform will dazzle you when moving from the great old NF7-S.


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