Intel Core i5-4400 3.10GHz Processor - £120.00 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Got this a week ago for £127, only to find it's gone down in price even further to the cheapest price ever - see camelcamelcamel http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Intel-3-10GHz-Extended-Technology-Execute/product/B00EF1G8XI.

The Sapphire Dual-X R9 270X GPU deal from last week has also been reduced to £120

This is not a "K" i5. It will not overclock.
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3 Likes #1
Not a K processor before the confusion starts
#2
Thoughts on this? Is this good for a always on plex server?
#3
Remove the "K" in the title please OP.
#4
More than enough for plex - have my plex server running on a much lower spec G2020 and is happy enough transcoding.
#5
Wish they would bring back non k overclock like ivybridge.
2 Likes #6
mikedigitales
Not a K processor before the confusion starts
naodai_mmx
Remove the "K" in the title please OP.

my bad guys!
#7
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking
#8
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

Which cpu as if its using lga 1155 you can get a i5-3330 and keep the motherboard. That would be worth it.
#9
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

To be honest mate I doubt your sons current cpu bottlenecks the gtx 760? If I were you I'd just wait for now.
#10
keepitonthelow
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

Which cpu as if its using lga 1155 you can get a i5-3330 and keep the motherboard. That would be worth it.

It is an 1155, but I was going to have the old board and chip to upgrade my PC, so I thought we may as well buy the newer chip, I just want to know if an i5 is a worthwhile upgrade, or would an i7 be so much better to justify the extra cost
2 Likes #11
mikey_d
keepitonthelow
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking
Which cpu as if its using lga 1155 you can get a i5-3330 and keep the motherboard. That would be worth it.
It is an 1155, but I was going to have the old board and chip to upgrade my PC, so I thought we may as well buy the newer chip, I just want to know if an i5 is a worthwhile upgrade, or would an i7 be so much better to justify the extra cost
An i7 isn't worth the extra cost for gaming. They perform a little better in a handful of titles (which will no doubt grow in the future), but an i5 is still the sweet spot for price to performance for gaming.
#12
mikey_d
keepitonthelow
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

Which cpu as if its using lga 1155 you can get a i5-3330 and keep the motherboard. That would be worth it.

It is an 1155, but I was going to have the old board and chip to upgrade my PC, so I thought we may as well buy the newer chip, I just want to know if an i5 is a worthwhile upgrade, or would an i7 be so much better to justify the extra cost

The i5 is perfect for gaming yes the i7 is better in newer games such as battlefield but its not a huge difference. If your not bothered by overclocking then I would go with this chip.
#13
mikey_d
keepitonthelow
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

Which cpu as if its using lga 1155 you can get a i5-3330 and keep the motherboard. That would be worth it.

It is an 1155, but I was going to have the old board and chip to upgrade my PC, so I thought we may as well buy the newer chip, I just want to know if an i5 is a worthwhile upgrade, or would an i7 be so much better to justify the extra cost
go i5 as i7 is not worth it for its intended purpose
#14
Resa6969
mikey_d
My son has a sandybridge i3 3.1GHz in his budget gaming rig, we are going to upgrade it soon, would this with a new motherboard be much of an improvement, or would we see more of an increase to go for an i7. He has a gtx 760 graphics card. Not too worried about overclocking

To be honest mate I doubt your sons current cpu bottlenecks the gtx 760? If I were you I'd just wait for now.

I must agree that the machine does run very well, maybe not as well as some more expensive rigs, but it plays all the latest games at high res, maybe we'll wait until his birthday and see what the prices are like then. I did think about getting a board with two pcie slots and picking up another 760 later on when the prices come down, would this be worth it?, hea has the Gigabyte windforce card which is factory overclocked
#15
Thanks for the replies guys, I think we will hang on for a little while then go for an i5, that way we can probably get a new screen with the saving as he has cracked his 22" and is now using his 19" tv as a screen on the hdmi port
#16
BTW Heat added, even though I am going to wait I still think this is a good deal
#17
I would get the K version because even though this is an improvement I don't think you would see much difference in real time. If you get the K version then do it justice and give it an overclock, overclocking is no longer hard or even a danger to your components if you don't go crazy. A little overclock on an i5k and he would certainly see the difference.

An overclocked i5 would be close to an i7 so no need to spend silly money on an i7.

P.S. voted hot for this chip as it is a great price, I just don't think it would be a great investment for the person who is asking about upgrading from an i3.
#18
mikey_d
Thanks for the replies guys, I think we will hang on for a little while then go for an i5, that way we can probably get a new screen with the saving as he has cracked his 22" and is now using his 19" tv as a screen on the hdmi port

Do that, yes.
#19
Get in touch with amazon and say you have found its now cheaper, and can you refund the difference? They normally will, instead of you sending it back and getting another etc.
#20
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?
or should i just wait for a new flatform?

hot btw
#21
PancakeUK
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?
or should i just wait for a new flatform?

hot btw


same but if its only for gaming don't bother upgrading for another few gens, the difference will be minimal if at all, if your doing large scale video editing it will be worth the upgrade. gamers seem to get hung up on needing the newest of the new but its not needed when it comes to most of the system.... if your a gamer, as long as your CPU is at least OK, then always upgrade the GPU first
#22
PancakeUK
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?
or should i just wait for a new flatform?

hot btw

The best thing you could do is overclock at 4ghz you would be more then equal to the latest i5s
#23
Good price. Was looking at one myself a couple of weeks ago.
1 Like #24
ramit
Thoughts on this? Is this good for a always on plex server?

Glad to be proved wrong, but I can't see any reason to use a CPU this powerful in a Plex server.
#25
PancakeUK
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?
or should i just wait for a new flatform?

hot btw

Can't see any reason to swap to this CPU, if you've outgrown the 2500K maybe look at an i7. If you're gaming then surely you'd look at changing the GPU first.
1 Like #26
fishmaster
PancakeUK
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?or should i just wait for a new flatform?hot btw
Can't see any reason to swap to this CPU, if you've outgrown the 2500K maybe look at an i7. If you're gaming then surely you'd look at changing the GPU first.
Why not just get a decent cpu cooler and overclock the 2500k to 4.5ghz? That should keep you going for another couple of cpu generations before upgrading.

Edited By: tj9at_jp on Jun 29, 2014 20:28
#27
PancakeUK
I have an i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz (stock) and it is the weakest part of my rig now, is it actually worth upgrading to a later gen version ?
or should i just wait for a new flatform?

hot btw

If you do upgrade you wont see more than 30 percent increase and they overlock like a beast.
#28
There is no computer attached?
#29
fishmaster
ramit
Thoughts on this? Is this good for a always on plex server?

Glad to be proved wrong, but I can't see any reason to use a CPU this powerful in a Plex server.

For multiple 1080p streams which are being transcoded would be the key reason
#30
ramit
fishmaster
ramit
Thoughts on this? Is this good for a always on plex server?

Glad to be proved wrong, but I can't see any reason to use a CPU this powerful in a Plex server.

For multiple 1080p streams which are being transcoded would be the key reason

Thanks. I've found some guidance for this from plex support, the last paragraph is helpful >

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/201774043-What-kind-of-CPU-do-I-need-for-my-Server-computer-
#31
Can anyone recommend a good, cheap micro atx motherboard for this? I don't need anything fancy, just USB 3 ideally
#32
samsun
Can anyone recommend a good, cheap micro atx motherboard for this? I don't need anything fancy, just USB 3 ideally

I don't know how cheap you mean but I used this cpu with this £60 board....

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/B85ME/overview/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/B85M-E-Motherboard-Supports-Generation-Processors/dp/B00CXK59RO

It's got usb 3.0 and sata 3. I'm totally happy with it for the money.
#33
samsun
Can anyone recommend a good, cheap micro atx motherboard for this? I don't need anything fancy, just USB 3 ideally

http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-H81M-P33-LGA1150-M-ATX-Motherboard/dp/B00EPLE3J4/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1404239154&sr=1-8&keywords=1150+motherboard#productDetails
http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/H81MP33.html#/?div=Detail

Obviously depends on what you need, but I went for this and it does the job for me. Basic expansion options, but all that I need. It doesn't have HDMI out which might be an issue if you're using the integrated graphics, but no problem if you have a separate graphics card. Boots up very quickly and trouble free so far. 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back, not that I have anything that is USB 3 to test them with. If you use flubit you can save a couple of pounds on the amazon price.


Edited By: jan81 on Jul 01, 2014 19:31
1 Like #34
£129 now doh, worth checkin prices of next model up then
edit guy on e bay selling 4430 £101 90 days warranty with fan more than 10 in stock
so for £260 I got 4430 , z97 gigabyte mboard £67 amazon and 16gb komputerbay 1600mhz cl9 ram £92 amazon
so in future can add another 16gb ram giving me 32gb total and possibly upgrade cpu to k series i5 or i7 and overclock

Edited By: jay7son on Jul 02, 2014 17:17: more info

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