Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950 2.80GHz (Socket LGA1156) - £58.74 (poss free del or £8.52 next day) @ OverclockersUK - HotUKDeals
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Free delivery possible via OCUK forums. Or, if you're ordering a system, group components to reduce delivery overhead.

A 1156-socket processor, to get onto the mid-range technology rung (775 is low and 1366 is high)

Decent 3Mb cache too...around £15 cheaper than anywhere else and about £20 cheaper than an i3

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Intel's great addition to the Intel Pentium processor family with dual-core processor technology that delivers great desktop performance, low power enhancements, and multitasking for everyday computing. Featuring Intel HD Integrated Graphics clocked at 533MHz (you will need a H55/H57 LGA1156 motherboard to make use of this feature).

Main Features
- Dual Core
- Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
- Intel EM64T
- Enhanced Halt State (C1E)
- Execute Disable Bit
- Intel Thermal Monitor 2
- Integrated 533MHz Graphics (Requires H55/H57 Chipset mainboard to use this feature)
- An incredible CPU for overclockers (Capable of reaching 5GHZ in extreme cases)
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(Note: All these systems are good for Windows, Mac OS and Linux installations)

Common Components: £234.06
£58.74 - Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950 2.80GHz 3Mb Cache (Socket LGA1156)
£57.76 - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600)
£63.99 - Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H Intel H55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 microATX
£12.80 - Sony AD-5260S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 SATA, Black, OEM
£40.77 - 1TB Hitachi Deskstar, 0F10383, 7K2000C SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM

Budget System £271.60
£17.60 - 450W CiT CIT450UB, 120mm Silent Fan, ATX 12v V2.2 Dual Rail PSU
£19.94 - Asus TA-8G1, Black/Silver, Mid Tower Case w/o PSU

Gaming System £375.97
£71.99 - ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5
£49.98 - OCZ StealthXStream 2 500W Power Supply
£19.94 - Asus TA-8G1, Black/Silver, Mid Tower Case w/o PSU

Silent Mini System £437.86
£82.21 - 500W NorthQ Pacific II Fanless PSU, ATX 2.2 +80%+ Efficiency - 0Db Noise!!
£58.16 - Corsair H50-1 Hydro Series High-performance CPU Watercooler, LGA775/1156/1366, AM2/2+/AM3 *NEW V2*
£63.43 - Silverstone SUGO SG01S-F, Silver SFF micro-ATX Case & ATX Size PSU! (w/o PSU)

PS. I don't work for Scan...I only used their site out of convenience :-) - so you may be able to find many of these components cheaper. You could also buy some items 2nd hand or from old systems to reduce the cost.

All would be damn fine systems, which could be upgraded to an i5 Quad in a couple of years around £70!


Edited By: Lupeto on Nov 08, 2010 11:08: .
#2
Aren't you supposed to include the del. cost in heading?
You can get a better performing 775 cpu cheaper and could then save £30 on the motherboard.
If you need to spend your money you would be daft not to get budget i3.
#3
Aren't you supposed to include the del. cost in heading?


Fixed. Cheers.

spakkker
You can get a better performing 775 cpu cheaper and could then save £30 on the motherboard.


With a gimped upgrade path, due to the 775 motherboard...more a short-term solution.

Here's what that system could look like:

775 Budget System £234.57
£38.05 - Gigabyte GA-G41MT-ES2L, Intel G41, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR3 1066/1333(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, VGA, ATX
£47.65 - Intel Pentium Dual-Core, E5500, S775, Wolfdale, 2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache, 14x Core Ratio, 65W,
£57.76 - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600)
£12.80 - Sony AD-5260S-0B 24x DVD±R, 12xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RWx6 SATA, Black, OEM
£40.77 - 1TB Hitachi Deskstar, 0F10383, 7K2000C SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
£17.60 - 450W CiT CIT450UB, 120mm Silent Fan, ATX 12v V2.2 Dual Rail PSU
£19.94 - Asus TA-8G1, Black/Silver, Mid Tower Case w/o PSU

775 Power System £339.93
£105.84 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, S775, Yorkfield Core, 2.66 GHz, 1333MHz, 4MB Cache, 8x Ratio, 95W, Retail

If you need to spend your money you would be daft not to get budget i3.

Knock yourself out and get an i3 processor for an extra £25!
The budget specification is exactly that....but this spec can be upgraded to an i7 (1156-socket one, anyway) without feeling too compromised!







Edited By: Lupeto on Nov 08, 2010 10:30: .
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The G6950 is a very capable processor and uses the Nehalem architecture so it shares many of the Core i3's features. An example is the long-awaited inbuilt memory controller which means that memory access takes a more direct route (which is what AMD has been doing for years). Previous Intel's had to go through the FSB to access the RAM. It also uses a 3rd level cache, again something that AMD introduced before Intel did.

Intel have named this G6950 and not a Core i3 despite the similarities. The reason being that Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost are disabled. I think the cache may also have been reduced but I can't confirm that (you can check Intel's site for confirmation).

It's AMD counterpart is the Phenom II X2 555 which on paper, looks to be superior. A comparison is discussed here (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-x2-555,2540.html) and it does appear that AMD's similarly-priced X2 555 is a better performer (which isn't a surprise with the amount of cache it possesses). The G6950 uses less power though as it uses 32nm transistors and this also means more potential for overclocking (although the reviewer in the provided link damaged his CPU while overclocking). Although in general, the 2 CPUs are similarly priced, the pricing you have found for this model is quite exceptional.

Whether you are willing to pay an extra £25 for a low end I3 is your choice. Would you need the extra performance from Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost? If you are going to overclock the CPU, then the Turbo Boost feature is superfluous anyway. If you are not anticipating overclocking then only you can decide if you require the extra performance.
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ElliottC
It's AMD counterpart is the Phenom II X2 555 which on paper, looks to be superior. A comparison is discussed here (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-x2-555,2540.html) and it does appear that AMD's similarly-priced X2 555 is a better performer (which isn't a surprise with the amount of cache it possesses). The G6950 uses less power though as it uses 32nm transistors and this also means more potential for overclocking (although the reviewer in the provided link damaged his CPU while overclocking). Although in general, the 2 CPUs are similarly priced, the pricing you have found for this model is quite exceptional.

Whether you are willing to pay an extra £25 for a low end I3 is your choice. Would you need the extra performance from Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost? If you are going to overclock the CPU, then the Turbo Boost feature is superfluous anyway. If you are not anticipating overclocking then only you can decide if you require the extra performance.


Thanks very much for the excellent and concise info... :)

I thought it was a great price too!

Edited By: Lupeto on Nov 08, 2010 14:33: .

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