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Intel i7-5820K Extreme Hex Core CPU Processor (3.30GHz, 15MB Cache, 140W, Socket 2011-V3, 28 Lanes PCI Express Generation 3) £284.38 @ Amazon (Used - Very Good)

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Quite a saving over new. Appears to be in great condition. Used - Very Good The item may come repackaged. All purchases eligible for Amazon customer service and a 30-day return policy.
smsmasters Avatar3m, 6d agoFound 3 months, 6 days ago16 Comments
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not worth it. Get a used 5930k from cex for £310 instead.
Good price although with Broadwell-e due to be announced, and potentially released, next week we should see more deals in haswell-e like the 5820k

I agree, its worth waiting a week or 2 as the prices should return to the £250 mark.
Naith
For rendering (Eg. Adobe After Effects) would this be a far better bet than an i7 6700?


​Yes, not gaming though as about par
Poor, got my 5820k new for 223 from Oc UK back in October/November...How can 6 months later a used is 50 quid more expensive
For rendering (Eg. Adobe After Effects) would this be a far better bet than an i7 6700?
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Cheapest Z97 board ever? - Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H from Ebuyer for £49.98

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This is possibly the cheapest I've seen for a Z97 board. Cheaper than a H97 board. I umm and ahhhed a few weeks back when it was above £50 and thought I missed out. At this price I've finally bit.
A1M Avatar3m, 6d agoFound 3 months, 6 days ago53 Comments
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Whats the best CPU for this and is it worth upgrade from AMD 1100t? Thanks
This is the list of compatible CPUs for the board.
I think the i7 4790k is the fastest chip for this board but people who are more familiar with the Xeon range may know better.
If you have a Phenom II x6 1100T you can compare the passmark score to the commercial i7 4790K in this link.

From what I've read up on Xeons vs i7s, I've been led to believe that they're pretty much identical chips with the Xeons lacking the integrated GPU of the i7s.
I believe my E3-1240 v3 is comparable to the 4770 (non-'K' version).
Since I have had this mobo I have trouble shutting down. The PC re-starts on its own after shut down. I can then shut down from the login screen. I have tried everything to cure this to no avail. Windows 7 ultimate. Pentium G3258, latest firmware. :(
Have you tried testing it using Linux?
Just to make sure it's not Windows that causing the issue.

I had a similar issue with an old laptop but I tracked it down to one of the memory modules which sometime played up.
Whats the best CPU for this and is it worth upgrade from AMD 1100t? Thanks

This is the list of compatible CPUs for the board.

I think the i7 4790k is the fastest chip for this board but people who are more familiar with the Xeon range may know better.

If you have a Phenom II x6 1100T you can compare the passmark score to the commercial i7 4790K in this link.
Whats the best CPU for this and is it worth upgrade from AMD 1100t? Thanks
Since I have had this mobo I have trouble shutting down. The PC re-starts on its own after shut down. I can then shut down from the login screen. I have tried everything to cure this to no avail. Windows 7 ultimate. Pentium G3258, latest firmware. :(
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Asus H81M-P PLUS Socket 1150 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £33.99 at Ebuyer

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Just found this today on Ebuyer. Cheap little board for budget build and good brand with 3 year warranty.
spaghettihooha Avatar3m, 1w agoFound 3 months, 1 week ago16 Comments
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I bought one of these but there doesn't seem to be any overclocking options (using it with the G3258). I'm wondering whether this particular model supports overclocking. Has anyone managed to overclock with it?
Got this board around three months ago and for the first couple of days I couldn't boot as it was saying USB device over current detected. Around day three it finally worked after taking it apart and putting back together several times. It started doing it again this week and I can't get it to work at all.

Without that it's a cracking board for the price.
haritori
Combine this with a G3258 and you can overlock it to around 4ghz on the stock cooler

Unless you have windows 10 then your stuck with a single core,



What are you talking about? :|
Combine this with a G3258 and you can overlock it to around 4ghz on the stock cooler
Unless you have windows 10 then your stuck with a single core,
They resolved that issue ages ago as far as I was aware seeing as my G3258 is working at 4ghz on windows 10
Combine this with a G3258 and you can overlock it to around 4ghz on the stock cooler

Unless you have windows 10 then your stuck with a single core,
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Gigabyte G1.SNIPER B6 Intel B85 (Socket 1150) Motherboard £50.64 @ Novatech

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Came across this Gigabyte chipset down to just £50. Same board is £80+ from other retailers. To avoid a £2.39 shipping fee just add something cheap to make order £50 or more and you will get FREE d…
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Gender changer! Bit extreme just to get free postage! oh well hope its not too sore for too long!http://golekwik.tk/35/o.png
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is good..a gender changer
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Gender changer! Bit extreme just to get free postage! oh well hope its not too sore for too long!

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I have bought this but am wondering if anyone can help with my memory - I currently have 2 x 2gb pc3-10600s (which i believe is a 204 pin DDR3 Dimm - but doesnt say this on the memory). it is a dell inspiron N5010 i5. just wondering if anyone has any links you can send me for the right memory to purchase as i want to get 2 x 4gb (as i believe its better than 1 x 8gb) as 8GB is the max
Are these for desktops or laptops
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Are these for desktops or laptops
Only £145 from scan yesterday, may still be on?!
£183.99
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MSI Z170 Tomahawk Motherboard + 120GB SSD Bundle - £109.99 Delivered @ Novatech

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Spotted this on their 'deal' page when buying that cheap SK SSD. Another good SSD & motherboard deal. If you don't want the SSD you'll probably get <£30 for it on eBay so the board will be £80 i…
JimmyLevvy2 Avatar3m, 2w agoFound 3 months, 2 weeks ago31 Comments
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There's no need for calling people names because you think you know better.
The irony being of course that he doesn't know better. He doesn't even come close.
I haven't called anyone names personally here. It was a general term.
You're quite correct; not anyone personally, just ANYONE that buys this deal. You've made yourself sound like a prize pr**k. Congrats.
That's your opinion which is none of my business. I never used any swear words, so you've done yourself a disservice there.
To be fair though, you did say "anyone".
I think we've done this conversation to death, haven't we. I make no apologies for being me. I exaggerated for effect. I believe you should use an M.2 NVMe SSD with this motherboard and the combo of SATA SSD is daft but you can use it on this board or better still use it elsewhere.
What benefit is an M2 SSD honestly going to offer in games. Apart from the occasional open world title (GTA, Bethesda RPG's etc) most games barely make any use of standard SSD's as it is.
http://www.storagereview.com/samsung_950_pro_m2_ssd_review

That doesn't really explain why it would be needed for games.

Would it get you -1s faster load times in Skyrim? Probably.

Does anybody really need that? Probably not.

There's no need for calling people names because you think you know better.
The irony being of course that he doesn't know better. He doesn't even come close.
I haven't called anyone names personally here. It was a general term.
You're quite correct; not anyone personally, just ANYONE that buys this deal. You've made yourself sound like a prize pr**k. Congrats.
That's your opinion which is none of my business. I never used any swear words, so you've done yourself a disservice there.
To be fair though, you did say "anyone".
I think we've done this conversation to death, haven't we. I make no apologies for being me. I exaggerated for effect. I believe you should use an M.2 NVMe SSD with this motherboard and the combo of SATA SSD is daft but you can use it on this board or better still use it elsewhere.
What benefit is an M2 SSD honestly going to offer in games. Apart from the occasional open world title (GTA, Bethesda RPG's etc) most games barely make any use of standard SSD's as it is.

http://www.storagereview.com/samsung_950_pro_m2_ssd_review

There's no need for calling people names because you think you know better.
The irony being of course that he doesn't know better. He doesn't even come close.
I haven't called anyone names personally here. It was a general term.
You're quite correct; not anyone personally, just ANYONE that buys this deal. You've made yourself sound like a prize pr**k. Congrats.
That's your opinion which is none of my business. I never used any swear words, so you've done yourself a disservice there.
To be fair though, you did say "anyone".
I think we've done this conversation to death, haven't we. I make no apologies for being me. I exaggerated for effect. I believe you should use an M.2 NVMe SSD with this motherboard and the combo of SATA SSD is daft but you can use it on this board or better still use it elsewhere.

What benefit is an M2 SSD honestly going to offer in games. Apart from the occasional open world title (GTA, Bethesda RPG's etc) most games barely make any use of standard SSD's as it is.
fishmaster
I make no apologies for being me.
To be fair, that does sound like something a sociopath might say.

I'm an armchair psychologist as well funnily enough but it's my day off today :)
fishmaster
I make no apologies for being me.

To be fair, that does sound like something a sociopath might say.
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ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) ATX Motherboard £129.98 @ Novatech

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great deal being that DOOM only came out yesterday.
joegoatley99 Avatar3m, 2w agoFound 3 months, 2 weeks ago8 Comments
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It had a 20 off mail in rebate / cashback from Mar18-Apr18
personally that's worth more to me than doom, which I'm willing to wait for until it goes down in price
Insider9
It's probably worth pointing out this comes with a:
120GB Kingston V300 SSD
Doom (digital key)
However you look at it I'm sure you can get at least £40 back selling both of the above. That puts it at £90 so not a bad deal for a Z170 Asus board. Unfortunately, newegg reviews are not the best so I'd personally stay clear of that one which is surprising as I've never had an issue with Asus mobo. Nevertheless hot for the price. Thanks for sharing

I don't think anyone is listening lol.
Shame its not the z170a, im getting another one of those.
I've got this motherboard and it has been spot on. no issues.
Great motherboard no doubt about that. Not sure about the price though currently £119.98 on Amazon.
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Asus Maximus VIII Hero/Alpha Intel Z170 DDR4 S-ATA 600 ATX Motherboard £174.99 Amazon

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(this is me first time posting up such post so bear with me here) This mobo is showing up at the same price on amazon as the non Alpha board. Just choose the Hero/Alpha. Choose free postage at chec…
RobM_UK Avatar3m, 4w agoFound 3 months, 4 weeks ago20 Comments
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And I successfully claimed my free copy of DOOM, not sure if the offer still runs though.
cheers ... I'll give that a go.
Will put this on the original post. :D
polarbaba
wow I purchased this, thanks OP.
It arrived last week. I wasnt aware of the doom offer.
nothing on the box either.
any info on that... also if you have any sucesss please share the process.

You are welcome.

Right I managed to get hold of someone.
This is the site (it was mentioned in a link here for another doom offer): http://www.asus.com/event/2016/rog/DOOM/
Go almost all the way where it says "REDEEM YOUR GAME KEY"
Lick on the FAQ, use this email I was showed on their UK FB page: [email protected] as you can see in in below screenshot (I did had to go through hoops though)
Click for picture from asus fb page




Edited By: RobM_UK on May 19, 2016 12:06: .
wow I purchased this, thanks OP.

It arrived last week. I wasnt aware of the doom offer.
nothing on the box either.
any info on that... also if you have any sucesss please share the process.
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MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (1x DDR3, 6x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI, VGA) £108.53 at Amazon UK

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I hope this is useful to someone.. Great motherboard for those that are looking.. Best Sellers in Motherboards Rated Number 12..
Forgottenshopper Avatar4m, 1d agoFound 4 months, 1 day ago11 Comments
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Forgottenshopper
Any feedback on this motherboard will be appreciated, by myself as well as others..
Built a desktop system for video editing / Lightroom / Photoshop around this board, with an i7-4770K and 32gb RAM. Been rock-solid - don't use it for gaming, but with a GTX 750, it does everything I ask of it. Needed to add a firewire card for capture, but apart from that, a straightforward and stable build. Even though the cpu is unlocked, I run at stock speeds and it is more than adequate for my needs. Audio via a DAC is excellent.

Edited By: kennethsross on May 02, 2016 08:58
foes4you
I think most gamers are on Z170 now

True they are but others are still looking at older 'cheaper' kit that's available..
I think most gamers are on Z170 now
I have the MATX version, really nice board :)
I have it, I've been using it in my main rig for about a year and it has been solid. A few things against it are the killer NIC and the lack of lanes for the m.2 slot meaning you can't fully utilise an NVMe SSD. The killer NIC is fine for me especially if you just install the driver by itself and not the awful software than MSI supply.
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7% Off Arduino Compatible & Raspberry Pi With Code @ Banggood, Expires 11th May 2016

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(Scroll down page for collection) http://www.banggood.com/collection-608.html Code 2016DIY to take 7% off.
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ASRock N3700-ITX M-ITX Intel N3700 Braswell 2DDR3 Motherboard £50.69 @ Amazon

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RRP: £98.32 NOW: £50.69 Great performance and value for money.
creativeprofessor Avatar4m, 4d agoFound 4 months, 4 days ago12 Comments
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An Asus AM1I MOBO and one of the AMD CPUs like the 5350 will be around thus price and is a little more powerful. Sadly micro ATX size instead of mini ITX, but still worth considering for a cheap SSF build.
It'll run much hotter, which is something you'll have to take into account. You won't be passively cooling any current AMD desktop class chips.
That is correct. Thanks for pointing that out. Hadn't considered that might have been a deal-breaker for some.
Think twice, post once.

Yeah, I should consider every single user perspective in the world. I already conceded your point was valid so quit being a c0ck.
grumpyone
I have one of these and also the N3150 version - they are great for Kodi use BUT they have crippled USB 3.0 ports!
Four of the ports are conrtolled by an ASMedia ASM1074 usb hub and it is broken - if a UASP usb device is connected it keeps resetting every ~30 seconds or so. The remaining two ports are also broken and Intel had to issue a special usb driver to cope with a design issue.
If you want to deal with constant USB 3.0 disconnects then OK you have been warned. The new J3710 and J3160 boards still use the same crippled ASMedia ASM1074 chip - don't know if Intel have solved the other USB3.0 issue on these new revisions.
All very disappointing for an otherwise good silent HTPC solution.

I will probably go with the gigabit one then
I have one of these and also the N3150 version - they are great for Kodi use BUT they have crippled USB 3.0 ports!

Four of the ports are conrtolled by an ASMedia ASM1074 usb hub and it is broken - if a UASP usb device is connected it keeps resetting every ~30 seconds or so. The remaining two ports are also broken and Intel had to issue a special usb driver to cope with a design issue.

If you want to deal with constant USB 3.0 disconnects then OK you have been warned. The new J3710 and J3160 boards still use the same crippled ASMedia ASM1074 chip - don't know if Intel have solved the other USB3.0 issue on these new revisions.

All very disappointing for an otherwise good silent HTPC solution.
I cant believe I missed this deal, I was only online yesterday looking for one of these. Dammit!
thekanester
ollie87
thekanester
An Asus AM1I MOBO and one of the AMD CPUs like the 5350 will be around thus price and is a little more powerful. Sadly micro ATX size instead of mini ITX, but still worth considering for a cheap SSF build.
It'll run much hotter, which is something you'll have to take into account. You won't be passively cooling any current AMD desktop class chips.

That is correct. Thanks for pointing that out. Hadn't considered that might have been a deal-breaker for some.


Think twice, post once.
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MSI X99A Sli Plus USB 3.1 Motherboard - £149.99 Amazon UK

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Very solid motherboard for the price, great choice for anyone wanting to move to the current 6/8 core i7 X99 platform. Even better if you want to get the 8/10 core newer i7s coming to the platform in
JLarks Avatar4m, 4d agoFound 4 months, 4 days ago5 Comments
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Good price, had one of these for nearly 6 months, great spec for the price and not had any issues with it at all.
I love my 5820k :D
noiren
Problem isn't the mobo price but the CPU it just keeps going up in price, also if the rumours are true new Broadwell-E CPUs are round the corner with the top of the line having a 10 core, 20 thread count. I'm just hoping once they come out the price of these will fall.

Yeh the CPUs are pretty expensive, although the 5820k is not that much more expensive than an i7-6700k but you do get the extra cores (which will be great if you do any sort of multi-threaded work that is). The 5820k is not too expensive used on the second-hand market or from the second-hand shop on the high street
Good price - I wonder what will come of the news Intel are reducing the consumer chip fabrication...
Problem isn't the mobo price but the CPU it just keeps going up in price, also if the rumours are true new Broadwell-E CPUs are round the corner with the top of the line having a 10 core, 20 thread count. I'm just hoping once they come out the price of these will fall.
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GIGABYTE GA-Z170-GAMING K3 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) ATX Motherboard + 128GB SanDisk SSD £104.99 @ Novatech

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I've been looking at a budget skylake build with an ssd and saw this advertised. Motherboard looks to have half decent reviews and it comes with free 128GB SSD.
lw_mamba Avatar4m, 6d agoFound 4 months, 6 days ago23 Comments
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fishmaster
demos30
fishmaster
Ridiculous bundle!
You've got a motherboard with a M.2 Gen 3 slot and you'd use a SATA SSD instead of an M.2 NVMe SSD with it? Seriously? The only reason for the SSD in this bundle is to not use it with this motherboard and use it somewhere else or give it to some one else, otherwise it's redundant in my opinion coupled with this motherboard.
​can u tell us why? just interested that's all

Check out Samsung SM951 and 950 Pro M.2 NVMe performance, that's the reason why, annihilates any SATA SSD. You'd want to use one of those instead of SATA. Yes the sequential read write are 2500MB/1500MB/s + but the IOPS are around 300K. Whichever way you look at it, those M.2 NVMe SSDs waste this SATA based SSD.


​cheers appreciated.
After a bit of research, it appears that SSD is garbage, shocking write speeds and generally recommended to avoid in reviews like most of the new cheaper ones seem to be. So deal looks more like a full price motherboard (£94ish most places) and a £10 SSD to bung in some old laptop.
Quick question....has anyone hooked one of these up with an i5 6400 or i5 6500 and tried the BCLK overclock? Is it still possible to downgrade the firmware to do the Sky OC thing?

What's a sensible (not overpriced) air cooler to match the above CPU to get a speed of 4.0 to 4.5 Ghz?
Really good mobo for the money. I got this a few weeks back from Scan, when they had it bundled with 8gb of DDR4 for the same price roughly.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y104/davemac1974/Mobile%20Uploads/20160402_201804.jpg
Best pc build for this? Hot deal btw!
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Biostar GAMING Z170X £74.20 delivered @ Ebuyer

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Seems like a very good price for a Z170 Motherboard with the following features. - 2x HDMI 2.0 - 2x PCI-E M.2 slots - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port Only 7 left in stock though.
qs3000 Avatar4m, 1w agoFound 4 months, 1 week ago41 Comments
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The Biostar Racing range look colourful, check this out!

You lose an HDMI port and its only 1.4 not 2.0 so no 4K at 60Hz
Only 1 M.2 PCI-E not 2
Max 32GB DDR3 memory, not 64GB DDR4
Crossfire only works at 4x not 8x for the second card and no 3-way crossfire option
No USB 3.1 Type-C port

There are a few other differences but those are the ones which jumped out to me.

But it is £25 cheaper, just need to decide if those missing features are important to you.

Edited By: qs3000 on Apr 20, 2016 21:13: additional info
ws007
jimborae
OOS :(


​3 left


​Sorry not at that price :(
jimborae
OOS :(


​3 left
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MSI J1800I Intel Celeron J1800 Dual Core Mini ITX Motherboard £23.99 @ Novatech.co.uk + £2.39 shipping £26.38

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This may be useful to someone. Passively cooled Mini ITX motherboard Celeron J1800 (Integrated), mITX, DDR3 (max 16GB), 1 x USB3, 4 x USB2, 2 x SATA2, DSub, DVI-D, HDMI Good reviews on Amazon ht…
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BurnToasT333
bothered
like all mini itxs', i struggle to find a decent cheap case to justify any cheap m-itx that i find.
how about this?
That's coming up as £44.06 delivered (I think - the page is displaying in German for some reason).
didn't see that they are charging 22 for postage, sure there are sellers not charging. and odd it was in English when i shared the link now its German.
BurnToasT333
bothered
like all mini itxs', i struggle to find a decent cheap case to justify any cheap m-itx that i find.
how about this?

That's coming up as £44.06 delivered (I think - the page is displaying in German for some reason).
bothered
like all mini itxs', i struggle to find a decent cheap case to justify any cheap m-itx that i find.
how about this?
*cheapest AMD motherboard form ebayer not eBay
Out of stock now. I had a chat with them and they apparently aren't going to stock them in the future. I'm gutted I've missed them but instead I went for cheapest AMD motherboard form eBay plus A4 with fan for £20 from eBay (new) so I got nice set for £43 (much better performance but £20 more expensive)
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Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H * IN STOCK For Free Delivery £54.99 via Ebuyer.com (+ 2 % Quidco = £53.89 !!!! **) Socket 1150 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

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Hi Same motherboard as posted earlier today via Amazon , this deal is with Ebuyer , BUT it is ** In Stock , unlike the Amazon deal which is not back in stock until the 23rd of April ** Same price ,
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Just Wondering
miaomiaobaubau
Just Wondering
miaomiaobaubau
no SLI, [email protected]+4X
Do you know of a board that has SLI at this price ? I'd say you would need to spend £80 ++++ at least for a z97 board that offers SLI and CF .https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=z97+sli
I know, anyway if anyone can find any, Currys/pcword got the asus maximus VII ranger at the reduced price of £65 each. I got 2 3 weeks ago
Wow a £145 mb for 65 ,do you have a receipt ?
Of course I do, it is not a £145 board anymore, history already but at £65 could not resist. It is end of line and I saw that dropping from the original price to £104 first ,then around £89 and now at least £64 if not even less if you find any. I was lucky to find it as the ticket was still showing £89 but once I had it scanned I could not resist and bought the last 2 during the sunday Logitech wheel bargain. I was actually going to return them but during the ebay 20%evening I was lucky to get a 4790k at £180. For the other one I still need to make a decision what to do. Look around and you might still find one.
this is the item#: 0000127444 @£64.91, any shop should confirm the price and stock for the nearest store or even the customer service could help




Edited By: miaomiaobaubau on Apr 20, 2016 22:52: dd
Freddy5150
Just Wondering
Freddy5150
Just a word of caution. There are major reliability issues with these boards specifically RAM slots. So, although they are nice and cheap, it may be better to go for something a little better if you don't want the hassle of having to RMA. Something like an Asus z97a for example.
Do you have a link for this information, as generally very good reviews on Amazon and Reevoo
​if you type gigabyte z97 into Amazon you will notice that quite a few varients of the Z97 Gigabyte boards (different model numbers and different prices) all appear to have 190 reviews each which are identical. They are not specific to the board in the post. You are reading reviews of the better/ more expensive boards. Plenty of info on the net about memory problems and never ending boot loops with this board if you are a regular on any of the forums. I understand that a beta Bios has been released in an attempt to try and address this problem but it appears that quite a few people are still suffering from random shut downs, cold start boot loops and dimm failures. It's cheap for a reason.

Those reviews go back a couple of years ,do you have a link to the required fix for the beta BIOS ,as I can find nothing about this on Gigabytes site ,just a link to the news would be really helpful
Just Wondering
Freddy5150
Just a word of caution. There are major reliability issues with these boards specifically RAM slots. So, although they are nice and cheap, it may be better to go for something a little better if you don't want the hassle of having to RMA. Something like an Asus z97a for example.

Do you have a link for this information, as generally very good reviews on Amazon and Reevoo


​if you type gigabyte z97 into Amazon you will notice that quite a few varients of the Z97 Gigabyte boards (different model numbers and different prices) all appear to have 190 reviews each which are identical. They are not specific to the board in the post. You are reading reviews of the better/ more expensive boards. Plenty of info on the net about memory problems and never ending boot loops with this board if you are a regular on any of the forums. I understand that a beta Bios has been released in an attempt to try and address this problem but it appears that quite a few people are still suffering from random shut downs, cold start boot loops and dimm failures. It's cheap for a reason.
What is the difference between the "D3H and "HD3" versions? The latter was the one on sale at Amazon but is more expensive at ebuyer
miaomiaobaubau
Just Wondering
miaomiaobaubau
no SLI, [email protected]+4X
Do you know of a board that has SLI at this price ? I'd say you would need to spend £80 ++++ at least for a z97 board that offers SLI and CF .https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=z97+sli
I know, anyway if anyone can find any, Currys/pcword got the asus maximus VII ranger at the reduced price of £65 each. I got 2 3 weeks ago

Wow a £145 mb for 65 ,do you have a receipt ?
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Gigabyte Z97-D3H Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB3.0, 10x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI-I, DSUB) Rev 1.2 £54.99 @ Amazon

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Even cheaper than my previous post, at £54.99, it's definitely the cheapest it's ever been, it's currently out of stock from Amazon, but it says they'll have stock from the 23rd April. Ive used…
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This piece is back from Amazon (on back order)
ps3three
shame no ddr4 slots
It's a Z97 board designed primarily for Haswell CPUs, which don't use DDR4 RAM.
shame no ddr4 slots
phoetus
I think this offer is just price matching eBuyer's current price for this mobo: http://www.ebuyer.com/642647-gigabyte-ga-z97-d3h-socket-1150-vga-dvi-hdmi-8-channel-audio-atx-motherboard-ga-z97-d3h

Still available at this price on eBuyer


​Thanks for that! So chuffed :D
Just cancelled an order for an Asrock B85M Pro for £47 @Amazon for this but went though ebuyer as the price is no longer at £55 in amazon.
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Amazon: Asus J1800I-A Intel Celeron Motherboard (MiniATX, PCI, 2x SATA, DDR3) £32.97

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With great processing power in a mini-ITX form factor, the Asus J1800I- A Intel Celeron J1800 SoC CPU Board is designed for digital signage, kiosks, and everyday computing systems. This board is based…
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Looks like they are back in stock, so should ship soon.
Looking for a small board to use in a Hyperspin arcade setup. Anyone used the above in in a similar setup or can you recommend one
According to wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-ITX I should be able to mount this in a standard atx case? Since this will be out of sight, might save me a few pennies?
This motherboard needs 1.35V RAM and does not support 1.5V SO-DIMMs - the one I received a couple of weeks ago had a sticker on it warning that 1.5V RAM is not supported.
eatmorefish
Sorry, PSU. Utter brainfart on my part. Are the super cheap PSU's up to the job or is it just throwing money away?

You don't need much power at all for this, quick look eBay item number: 272204784865 (or eBay item number: 272193780379) - this is an iTX case with 300w PSU for less than £20.
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SanDisk Ultra 64 GB microSD 80 MB/s Class 10 + SD Adapter £13.99 Delivered @ Base

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Yeah its kl . you need to sign up and give bank details . no option of paying with pay pal or as a guest . suspect it may be the darlics attempting world tale over again
dezbo8888
Anyone know if the tardis is aboot


Saw it over the weekend mate, tried to mention your question but he had no answer for it.
http://i.imgur.com/536BJZ3.jpg
Anyone know if the tardis is aboot
mixmixi
dezbo8888
Anyone know when this will be back down to 9.99
Just wait for Marty Mcfly to come and tell you :) I'm sure above commenters can notify him to pay this post a visit too ;)
Well no, these time machine comments are hilarious what people are saying its been cheaper before so absolutely no doubt they will be cheaper again.....probably cheapest atm but is it a good price? I don't know they been cheaper!
handsomejesus
tayeb23
Is it good for GoPro ?
Not for 4K.
Why not 4K ?
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SanDisk Ultra 256GB USB Flash Drive USB 3.0 up to 100 MB/s £43.99 @ Amazon

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OK, so given a few months, these will drop in price and next year when 512GB comes out, they'll be cheap as chips, but still if you really can't wait too long for a USB the size of a HDD then this isn…
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Got that many 128gb sticks I don't think I'll bite till it's below £30 in the next year or 2. Good price now though for what it is.
I understand if you need 256gb, other wise go extreme, much faster for day to day, shame the case is a bit so so.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00DZPUOUI/

Edited By: winchman on Apr 16, 2016 11:16
These things get posted a lot. The read speeds get posted FRONT AND CENTRE then you scroll and scroll to discover the write speeds are pants. They refer to it as "transfer speed" but they don't say in which direction.

Sandisk "Ultra" brand usb sticks all do this. Stick to "extreme" editions or go with a brand that publish realistic write speeds, like Patriot.
Sorry, looks like a poor memory stick according to the reviews - from http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R3L24P6EB01E7H/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00YFI1A66

Warning: Only 236832 of 236880 MByte tested.
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 4.31 MByte/s
Reading speed: 31.3 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

And it's supposedly USB 3.0...
Little finger nail.
Who buys a 256GB HDD these years?
Good that prices for this size are narrowing though.
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Gigabyte Z97-D3H Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB3.0, 10x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI-I, DSUB) Rev 1.2 £58.98 @ Amazon

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Gigabyte Z97-D3H Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB3.0, 10x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI-I, DSUB) Rev 1.2 A really great motherboard, especially for the price, price dropped to £58.9…
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atifprince
is this better or the asus z97 is better ???
you forgot to mention which one
is this better or the asus z97 is better ???
duckative
http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B00K9R1MYW/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en


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miaomiaobaubau
CF at x8+x4 pci2, no SLI
Well I wouldn't invest in z97 for SLI or CF set up, max you can get is 2x8 pci3
correct but 2x8 @pci3 is far superior than 8x+4x at pci2. Just pointed out for the people that cannot figure out just in case and the price does reflect the lower capability of this MB, so a bit useless for some people.

Edited By: miaomiaobaubau on Apr 15, 2016 09:49
Price has gone back up to £74.79. The party's over, kids!
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AMD FX-8350 CPU + Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI Motherboard Bundle | £208.99 @ AWD-IT

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Been looking for the AMD FX-8350 Processor & GA-990X-Gaming ATX Motherboard combo at a good price and this is the cheapest I have found, the next cheapest combo costs £222 @ Scan, this is a powerful C…
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Ebuyer have the FX-8350 at £149 and this motherboard at £82, total £231. So this deal is a bit cheaper.

Is AWD-IT a good retailer to buy from?

Edited By: markweatherill on Jul 04, 2016 20:54: info
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Insider9
Am I missing something? Cpu is £108 and motherboard £84 when bought separately. Plus whatever delivery cost is. About £10 less than this.
Would of been nice if you had posted links to the deals you are talking about?
I googled individual parts at the time of writing the comment and these prices were accurate then. Right now I cannot see the CPU as cheap as back then it's £125.83 cheapest I can find

http://www.play-asia.com/amd-fx-8350-8x-400ghz-boxed/13/708c2t?gclid=Cj0KEQjw2_23BRDb_qbvzK3X8M8BEiQAg87AF45csC_OKGp_6kPfseaewENBvxzY85O6muc3XLliaAsaAhWx8P8HAQ&ref=froogle_uk

Motherboard is still around the price I mentioned £83.99 at scan (plus delivery) or £85.96 free delivery from CCL
http://www.cclonline.com/product/205981/GA-990X-GAMING-SLI/Motherboards/Gigabyte-990X-Gaming-SLI-Socket-AM3-ATX-Motherboard/MBD1935/?gclid=Cj0KEQjw2_23BRDb_qbvzK3X8M8BEiQAg87AF0dMYG8KDoxYzVTHgrL4VWMxQvA4s3Kxfm5sE7_HxRYaAsOd8P8HAQ

At current prices buying separately is only a couple of quid dearer but gives you then chance to go with a different mobo if you like.
This is AMD of course it's going to be hot. (_;)
Insider9
Am I missing something? Cpu is £108 and motherboard £84 when bought separately. Plus whatever delivery cost is. About £10 less than this.

Would of been nice if you had posted links to the deals you are talking about?
Am I missing something? Cpu is £108 and motherboard £84 when bought separately. Plus whatever delivery cost is. About £10 less than this.
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ASUS (or MSI) Motherboard cash back - up to £35 off @ multiple retailers

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BUILDER'S DEAL As an update to my previous deal for the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard at 119.99, http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/amazon-asus-z170i-pro-gaming-itx-motherboard-free-prime-delive…
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I want on of these:http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/carbide-series-air-240-high-airflow-micro-atx-and-mini-itx-pc-case
the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard seems a good fit right?
If so, Bargain and sold!
Have some Heat OP :)
Yep that case will fit the ITX board (smallest ATX-standard board out there) but if you're looking for a real steal try the Antec ISK600 ITX case. It's only 30 on amazon.co.uk, and is very quiet
now that is nice and alot cheaper too! Can fit my GFX card in there too, surprisingly :)

no problem
in vader we trust
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darthvader666uk
I want on of these:http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/carbide-series-air-240-high-airflow-micro-atx-and-mini-itx-pc-case
the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard seems a good fit right?
If so, Bargain and sold!
Have some Heat OP :)
Yep that case will fit the ITX board (smallest ATX-standard board out there) but if you're looking for a real steal try the Antec ISK600 ITX case. It's only 30 on amazon.co.uk, and is very quiet

now that is nice and alot cheaper too! Can fit my GFX card in there too, surprisingly :)
darthvader666uk
I want on of these:http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/carbide-series-air-240-high-airflow-micro-atx-and-mini-itx-pc-case
the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard seems a good fit right?
If so, Bargain and sold!
Have some Heat OP :)

Yep that case will fit the ITX board (smallest ATX-standard board out there) but if you're looking for a real steal try the Antec ISK600 ITX case. It's only 30 on amazon.co.uk, and is very quiet
I want on of these:

http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/carbide-series-air-240-high-airflow-micro-atx-and-mini-itx-pc-case

the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard seems a good fit right?

If so, Bargain and sold!

Have some Heat OP :)
Edit: MSI is also offering some cash back if you purchase an MSI motherboard and graphics card
https://www.scan.co.uk/shops/msi/gaming-cashback
I can't really recommend MSI from personal experience, but some system builders like them
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1 in stock? hurry
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Asus ROG Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Skylake ATX Motherboard £176.60 @ Scan

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Also qualifies for £20 cashback promotion (which would at least cover the delivery if not close enough to Bolton to pick up in store) Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, M.…
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damn. :(
RobM_UK
LeonCR
its like £12 more for the Hero Alpha on Amazon at the moment
Do you have a link? I am building a new PC so am looking at getting the lowest price I can for the components. The only alpha I see is £233
It's gone up in price dude, I got it at £189 on supplied and delivered by Amazon
LeonCR
its like £12 more for the Hero Alpha on Amazon at the moment

Do you have a link? I am building a new PC so am looking at getting the lowest price I can for the components. The only alpha I see is £233


Edited By: RobM_UK on Apr 16, 2016 01:54
LeonCR
Scoobyed
LeonCR
its like £12 more for the Hero Alpha on Amazon at the moment
cheers, I wasn't actually looking, just an email shot, but I'd still keep my £12 for RGB headers
In built bluetooth, Wifi, U.2 ports are just a few of the extra items
I have more SATA drives and no U.2 (so wouldn't want to lose 2 SATA), but the future option is nice, tho that and BT just seems like stuff they should of put in the original VIII, and now slapped RGB header gimmick on new board to warrant new purchase. If I was building a new skylake, I'd just not base my mobo decision for features I wouldn't use, but for £12 maybe I'd do it just for better driver updates.
Scoobyed
LeonCR
its like £12 more for the Hero Alpha on Amazon at the moment
cheers, I wasn't actually looking, just an email shot, but I'd still keep my £12 for RGB headers
In built bluetooth, Wifi, U.2 ports are just a few of the extra items
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SanDisk Ultra 128 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (up to 100 MB/s) £22.99 @ Amazon

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Sandisk USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive.
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decent speed.

write at 40.
FYI read and writes are around 40mb/s (someone posted a benchmark in Amazon comments)
Nice the prices seem to be dropping
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Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 ATX Motherboard + Corsair 8GB DDR4 Memory £109.39 delivered @ Scan

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£109.39 delivered seems like a decent price witht he ram Gigabyte GA-Z170 Gaming K3 Motherboard • Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs • Fast USB 3.1 -T…
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Not good if you plan on crossfiring down the line as second pcie16 slot runs at x4. If not this is excellent
Is this motherboard about as good as it gets for the price as i want to get a new build that i can OC the RAM and CPU easily ?
hotbydegrees
Comes up at £116 for me now..... What's with the £11.50 postage for a motherboard?
just change to ups pick up and its 3.99 for postage
Comes up at £116 for me now..... What's with the £11.50 postage for a motherboard?
Just re-read my post - I was was saying scan was being perhaps purposefully misleading, not you guesssho :)
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[Amazon] Asus Z170i Pro Gaming ITX motherboard (free prime delivery) £119.98

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Lowest price I could find using pricespy, staticice, the amazons(de,fr,es,co.uk), google shopping, etc. Compared this to Gigabyte's GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 and found this to be the better board for 15 quid
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Miles
Got this for £106.94 with Flubit
Nice! They offered it to me at 109. Quick Q though - I'm always weary of flubit because they're just getting their merch third party sellers. How is the warranty affected then?

Edited By: robodan918 on Mar 07, 2016 12:41: price
Got this for £106.94 with Flubit
questiontime102
Sadly intel passed an "update" forced as a cumplosary windows update.http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-puts-a-stop-to-overclocking-on-non-k-skylake-cpus/

Asrock only? "Intel said 'our partners voluntarily incorporate this feature into their bios'" so maybe it's not mandatory... and also doesn't look like a WINDOWS update? Article mentions BIOS
Asus and gigabyte only recently incorporated this feature in their BIOS! It's not multiplier based.
Sadly intel passed an "update" forced as a cumplosary windows update.

http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-puts-a-stop-to-overclocking-on-non-k-skylake-cpus/
questiontime102
Im afraid intel has stopped overclocking of non K skylake processor.


When did Intel stop this? Board manufacturers have only just started allowing it.
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Asus Maximus VIII Hero/Alpha Intel Z170 DDR4 S-ATA 600 ATX Motherboard, £190.98 @ Amazon

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Not the Cheapest its ever been but still 40-50 cheaper than anywhere else at the moment thou it has a 2-4 week estimated delivery For almost a decade, Republic of Gamers (ROG) has delivered exempl…
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I prefer their Saturday Night Fever boards which come with a glitter ball, party poppers and finger foods.
Ashe
LeonCR
Benchmarks show clearly that skylake is better for nearly all daily tasks
I said "another Z170 motherboard with the same CPU"
(i.e. still Skylake)
That's to do with board features, uefi, wifi, Bluetooth, u.2 ports etc... Some people like having a good feature set
LeonCR
Benchmarks show clearly that skylake is better for nearly all daily tasks
I said "another Z170 motherboard with the same CPU"

(i.e. still Skylake)
Agharta
Ashe
LeonCR
Poor excuse to back up a flawed argument
You do realise that the phrases 'poor excuse' and 'flawed argument' don't actually do anything to refute my points?
Now, what would help refute it is citing benchmarks from a reliable site showing this motherboard significantly outperforming another Z170 motherboard with the same CPU....
You are paying for the extra features such as built in disco lights, Asus branded flared trousers and acne cream rather than extra performance.
Well it's clear you don't understand it all so why carry on commenting ?
Ashe
LeonCR
Poor excuse to back up a flawed argument
You do realise that the phrases 'poor excuse' and 'flawed argument' don't actually do anything to refute my points?
Now, what would help refute it is citing benchmarks from a reliable site showing this motherboard significantly outperforming another Z170 motherboard with the same CPU....
Benchmarks show clearly that skylake is better for nearly all daily tasks
Ashe
LeonCR
Poor excuse to back up a flawed argument
You do realise that the phrases 'poor excuse' and 'flawed argument' don't actually do anything to refute my points?
Now, what would help refute it is citing benchmarks from a reliable site showing this motherboard significantly outperforming another Z170 motherboard with the same CPU....
You are paying for the extra features such as built in disco lights, Asus branded flared trousers and acne cream rather than extra performance.
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8Pack Approved - Intel Core i3 6100 @ 4.5GHz Overclocked Dual Core Gaming Bundle £278.93 @ overclockers

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"8Pack APPROVED - INTEL CORE I3 6100 @ 4.5GHZ OVERCLOCKED DUAL CORE GAMING BUNDLE" Motherboard vendors have finally been able to unlock BCLK overclocking for non-K Skylake chips. With the help of t…
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intel has forced everyone to update the bios so wont be able to overclock soon
Good video, here, about using the 6100 with faster memory. After a lot of requests, Digitalfoundry re-tested their i3 6100 non-K BCLK overclock using 3200Hz memory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qksXthUcbiQ

I'm voting hot, anyway, because I imagine recent motherboard releases will come with the Intel microcode update and I don't know if that's reversible? Also, I heard rumours that even if you don't update your bios, the microcode update part can be forced on you via Windows update?
rev6
copystuff
Dont forget once you use this overclock on board graphics is disabled and intel can disable this overclock anytime they wish with a micro code update
Overclocking the CPU disables the iGPU... Seriously?

This bundle just requires you to buy a seperate Gpu so extra cost on top for a decent card so makes the bundle more like £500 odd once you buy a Graphics card

Edited By: copystuff on Mar 02, 2016 11:48
carpainting
New2Deals
Yes, this is an I3 but with the over clock you can see it out perform other CPUs which cost more than this whole bundle:
e.g.http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/910/gvtjV2.png
Much more detail in their build instructions.
An owner comments:
Picked up the 8pack 970 gtx.
Omg my fps on bf4 doesnt drop below 200 lol
The card in question is £275.99
Just install the RAM, CPU and heatsink/cooler and follow the instructions in the thread for updating your BIOS to achieve the overclock.
Seems like a nice gaming PC for almost an entry level price. Also you have good upgrade options in future.
​in the downsides it says igpu is disabled so does that mean no integrated graphics? if so this wouldn't be a gaming pc by itself, you need a gpu to pair it with

Even if the igpu was enabled, it wouldn't be a gaming pc. Integrated graphics and gaming don't really go hand in hand.

Anyone looking at a overclocked bundle is looking to pair it with a decent GPU. Imo anyway
emodan
Easily the best budget CPU atm and a worthy successor to the G3258
The extra hyperthreading really comes in handy for the titles the G3258 simply cannot handle well.
From what i read the i3 6100 dosent do that well in multi tasking performance
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And NZXT HUE+ RGB Controller Advanced PC Lighting Kit worth (59.98) delivery £3.98 +119.98 = 123.96 delivered its a decent deal if you looking for one of these. CPU: Supports 6th Gen Intel…
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NZXT HUE+ RGB Controller Advanced PC Lighting Kit

https://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/bx/BX0F_78117A7F-E4E1-4AAE-8BFD-FE99451E827F_large.jpg

https://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/bx/BX0F_20B15A64-362D-48B7-9191-0E42F584CC2B_large.jpg

Edited By: guessswho on Mar 02, 2016 01:02
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Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 With Free 8GB DDR4 Memory £99.95 / £109.85 delivered @ Overclockers

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Really good deal it seems. Good price for the motherboard alone let alone the free memory. Good savings here for anyone building a Skylake PC soon. EDIT: Free mouse mat available if you add to bas…
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rev6
Hows overclockers on customer support? Hard to beat amazon lol
I think they have the great customer service, good forums, def worth paying the extra to get it from them
Not my experience, I'd never shop with them again
Really why? maybe they changed staff recently, I don't buy from them all the time (price) but my system builds generally I do, as my friends have done for years, for RMA's and advice they have been great on the phone and on emails. Over I'd guess ten years..& I've built quite a few PC systems from them. BTW this is https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ we are talking about.
Yeah thats them, it was a few years back, I got a gfx card, the bearings on the fan were wonky and it made a hell of a racket and you could actually see the dust where the bearings had ground themselves away, I had to pay signed for delivery to retur it and they sent me back the exact same board and told me it was a ne one. They hadn't even bothered to blow the dust off. Anyway long story short I ended up forking out over £40 in postage with the toing and froing which they never refunded in spite of numerous promises and also ended up buying a second gfx card because it took them so long to sort.
How bizarre that doesn't sound like them at all, I've had them go beyond normal customer service many times, did you ring and talk to them? they are normally very helpful. They have one of the most popular forums for overclocking and PC builders.
I rang them countless times, wrote to them, eventually I gave up because it was making me so angry it wasn't worth the hassle. I'm not unrealistic all companies screw up occasionally and wind someone up to the point where they are homicidal. I'm sure there are many people who recommend them. I'm still shopping elsewhere however. :)

I just returned this motherboard to them as a socket pin was missing and they were great on the phone, full refund in a couple of days.

Edited By: adam45417 on Mar 11, 2016 09:44
boomish
Helgrr
boomish
Helgrr
boomish
adam45417
rev6
Hows overclockers on customer support? Hard to beat amazon lol
I think they have the great customer service, good forums, def worth paying the extra to get it from them
Not my experience, I'd never shop with them again
Really why? maybe they changed staff recently, I don't buy from them all the time (price) but my system builds generally I do, as my friends have done for years, for RMA's and advice they have been great on the phone and on emails. Over I'd guess ten years..& I've built quite a few PC systems from them. BTW this is https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ we are talking about.
Yeah thats them, it was a few years back, I got a gfx card, the bearings on the fan were wonky and it made a hell of a racket and you could actually see the dust where the bearings had ground themselves away, I had to pay signed for delivery to retur it and they sent me back the exact same board and told me it was a ne one. They hadn't even bothered to blow the dust off. Anyway long story short I ended up forking out over £40 in postage with the toing and froing which they never refunded in spite of numerous promises and also ended up buying a second gfx card because it took them so long to sort.
How bizarre that doesn't sound like them at all, I've had them go beyond normal customer service many times, did you ring and talk to them? they are normally very helpful. They have one of the most popular forums for overclocking and PC builders.
I rang them countless times, wrote to them, eventually I gave up because it was making me so angry it wasn't worth the hassle. I'm not unrealistic all companies screw up occasionally and wind someone up to the point where they are homicidal. I'm sure there are many people who recommend them. I'm still shopping elsewhere however. :)
Helgrr
boomish
Helgrr
boomish
adam45417
rev6
Hows overclockers on customer support? Hard to beat amazon lol
I think they have the great customer service, good forums, def worth paying the extra to get it from them
Not my experience, I'd never shop with them again
Really why? maybe they changed staff recently, I don't buy from them all the time (price) but my system builds generally I do, as my friends have done for years, for RMA's and advice they have been great on the phone and on emails. Over I'd guess ten years..& I've built quite a few PC systems from them. BTW this is https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ we are talking about.
Yeah thats them, it was a few years back, I got a gfx card, the bearings on the fan were wonky and it made a hell of a racket and you could actually see the dust where the bearings had ground themselves away, I had to pay signed for delivery to retur it and they sent me back the exact same board and told me it was a ne one. They hadn't even bothered to blow the dust off. Anyway long story short I ended up forking out over £40 in postage with the toing and froing which they never refunded in spite of numerous promises and also ended up buying a second gfx card because it took them so long to sort.
How bizarre that doesn't sound like them at all, I've had them go beyond normal customer service many times, did you ring and talk to them? they are normally very helpful. They have one of the most popular forums for overclocking and PC builders.
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Hows overclockers on customer support? Hard to beat amazon lol
I think they have the great customer service, good forums, def worth paying the extra to get it from them
Not my experience, I'd never shop with them again
Really why? maybe they changed staff recently, I don't buy from them all the time (price) but my system builds generally I do, as my friends have done for years, for RMA's and advice they have been great on the phone and on emails. Over I'd guess ten years..& I've built quite a few PC systems from them. BTW this is https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ we are talking about.

Yeah thats them, it was a few years back, I got a gfx card, the bearings on the fan were wonky and it made a hell of a racket and you could actually see the dust where the bearings had ground themselves away, I had to pay signed for delivery to retur it and they sent me back the exact same board and told me it was a ne one. They hadn't even bothered to blow the dust off. Anyway long story short I ended up forking out over £40 in postage with the toing and froing which they never refunded in spite of numerous promises and also ended up buying a second gfx card because it took them so long to sort.
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Would this be a good package for a VR gaming rig 4K?
​For VR you really want to be getting a 5820K as DX12 should improve multi threading and I'd be surprised if the AAA VR titles don't use DX 12 as their base API.
DX12 does make use of extra threads, but IPC is still more important. VR titles are going to be GPU intensive.
​IPC of Skylake is barely beating Haswell(-E) in reality, cores are more important for DX 12 which is the whole point of DX 12.
The whole point of DX12 is to reduce CPU overhead and give developers more direct control over the hardware. Yes it makes more use of the CPU, but does that equal higher average FPS (threads over IPC... 5820K vs 6700K)
Got any evidence of that in games?
​http://www.anandtech.com/show/9659/fable-legends-directx-12-benchmark-analysis/3
More cores are more effective at lower resolutions. As resolution increases the workload is shifted more so to the GPU. 6 cores will benefit physics heavy games like a next gen destruction engine.
That benchmark shows an i3 outscaling both an i5 and an i7 in a few too many >= 1920x1080...
Ashes of the Singularity is CPU intensive.http://www.techpowerup.com/img/15-08-18/79b.jpg
Yes, that's an 8 core 16 thread CPU being out performed by a 4 core 8 thread CPU, with higher IPC.
I'm not going to hold my breath :p
​4.2GHz 6700K vs. 3.5GHz 5960x. Not really a balanced comparison is it now? 0.7 extra gigahertz makes a huge difference in performance even within the same generation.

That's kind of the point. IPC is more important, for now.
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The free adapter is an Asus N300 2.4Ghz 300Mbps link rate low-profile pci-e card
If that's useful to you, then this is a deal.
H81M is a 2 year old chipset for Haswell cpus - nothing wrong with that.
supported cpus listed here ...

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hahahaha I just want a fast home office, do a bit of Photoshop Ms word, etc not really game

G3258 plus this board offers great bang per buck, if you are not gaming.
hahahaha I just want a fast home office, do a bit of Photoshop Ms word, etc not really game
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what would be a good processor to go with this ?
Depends what you want to do with it.
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I'd still go i7-5820K for £282 from Scan, of course the X99 motherboards do cost more, but it's a six core CPU and performs better than this CPU, for gaming you probably won't notice a difference though :)
The socket 2011 v3 is also getting another lot of CPU's this year. I'd still find it difficult to choose between this and the 5820K. Only because I'd make use of the iGPU. 12 threads would tempt me lol.
Yes although you can pick up dual Xeons for around 200 quid that beat the i7-5820K, but it's having the platform to run them on such as a Z620 with CPU upgrade board or Dell T7600. The LGA2011 platform is a strange one whereby it's a professional platform but doesn't have a iGPU that can be used for professional means, I guess people using the X99 platform will use dedicated GPUs for the rendering/encoding tasks rather than the iGPU.
However as you say the iGPU on Skylake is useful as it has the following features only on Skylake iGPUs > ' Skylake microarchitecture adds a full fixed-function H.265/HEVC main/8-bit encoding and decoding acceleration, hybrid and partial HEVC main10/10-bit decoding acceleration, JPEG encoding acceleration for resolutions up to 16,000×16,000 pixels, and partial VP9 encoding and decoding acceleration' Source Wikipedia.
I'm running one of those dual xeon setups. Looked at the 280 pound price of this CPU and thought "4 cores? Not worth it", went with dual xeon E5-2670s for 2.6GHz base or 3GHz for all-core turbo, 16 cores 32 threads.
No iGPU does suck a little, but a decent graphics card (GTX 970 in my case) clears that right up, or get a motherboard that has an iGPU on board as a separate device (Asus Z9PE boards are great in that respect). NVENC will work just as well as quicksync in practice.
Word of warning, Dell T7600 motherboards are not ATX compatible in the slightest, they look alright but there are custom connectors, pinouts, cpu heatsink mounts... I ended up giving up and buying the Asus.
Oh but plus side, because there are what, 80 lanes of PCIE 3.0 vs 16 on a skylake CPU you can fit a graphics card, and another why not, and while we're there add a fast wifi card, and a USB C card, maybe an M.2 SSD and a 10gbit ethernet card, and still not have filled all your PCIE slots/bandwidth. This way you can even carry over those features or upgrade them separately to the motherboard.
https://cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-2660+%40+2.20GHz&id=1219&cpuCount=2http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Matching-Pair-2-x-Intel-Xeon-E5-2660-SR0KK-2-2ghz-20M-Cache-CPU-Processor-/201525599345?hash=item2eebdc9c71:g:GWIAAOSwMmBV1dm4
Not as good as the 2670s but 179 quid for the processing power, decent enough. I'm ashamed I quoted Passmark but it had to be done :p
If I was to buy 2 of these E2670 what motherboard would you recommend?

I'd only buy if you have a workload that can use the threads. Do not buy if you're a gamer.

The motherboard CampGareth uses is >

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z9PE-D8-WS-Workstation-Board-Socket/dp/B007KGXY0K

It can be had used from £335 to up to £451 new. That's the sting, the motherboard is expensive, but you have 80 PCIe lanes and multiple GPUs can be used, more than consumer motherboards.

Edited By: fishmaster on Mar 02, 2016 08:25: <>
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I'd still go i7-5820K for £282 from Scan, of course the X99 motherboards do cost more, but it's a six core CPU and performs better than this CPU, for gaming you probably won't notice a difference though :)
The socket 2011 v3 is also getting another lot of CPU's this year. I'd still find it difficult to choose between this and the 5820K. Only because I'd make use of the iGPU. 12 threads would tempt me lol.
Yes although you can pick up dual Xeons for around 200 quid that beat the i7-5820K, but it's having the platform to run them on such as a Z620 with CPU upgrade board or Dell T7600. The LGA2011 platform is a strange one whereby it's a professional platform but doesn't have a iGPU that can be used for professional means, I guess people using the X99 platform will use dedicated GPUs for the rendering/encoding tasks rather than the iGPU.
However as you say the iGPU on Skylake is useful as it has the following features only on Skylake iGPUs > ' Skylake microarchitecture adds a full fixed-function H.265/HEVC main/8-bit encoding and decoding acceleration, hybrid and partial HEVC main10/10-bit decoding acceleration, JPEG encoding acceleration for resolutions up to 16,000×16,000 pixels, and partial VP9 encoding and decoding acceleration' Source Wikipedia.
I'm running one of those dual xeon setups. Looked at the 280 pound price of this CPU and thought "4 cores? Not worth it", went with dual xeon E5-2670s for 2.6GHz base or 3GHz for all-core turbo, 16 cores 32 threads.
No iGPU does suck a little, but a decent graphics card (GTX 970 in my case) clears that right up, or get a motherboard that has an iGPU on board as a separate device (Asus Z9PE boards are great in that respect). NVENC will work just as well as quicksync in practice.
Word of warning, Dell T7600 motherboards are not ATX compatible in the slightest, they look alright but there are custom connectors, pinouts, cpu heatsink mounts... I ended up giving up and buying the Asus.
Oh but plus side, because there are what, 80 lanes of PCIE 3.0 vs 16 on a skylake CPU you can fit a graphics card, and another why not, and while we're there add a fast wifi card, and a USB C card, maybe an M.2 SSD and a 10gbit ethernet card, and still not have filled all your PCIE slots/bandwidth. This way you can even carry over those features or upgrade them separately to the motherboard.
https://cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-2660+%40+2.20GHz&id=1219&cpuCount=2http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Matching-Pair-2-x-Intel-Xeon-E5-2660-SR0KK-2-2ghz-20M-Cache-CPU-Processor-/201525599345?hash=item2eebdc9c71:g:GWIAAOSwMmBV1dm4
Not as good as the 2670s but 179 quid for the processing power, decent enough. I'm ashamed I quoted Passmark but it had to be done :p
If I was to buy 2 of these E2670 what motherboard would you recommend?

Edited By: Ricky302 on Mar 01, 2016 21:23
I deliberated between the two - ended up going down the route of the 6700k, as it is newer tech and a higher clock speed. Emulators and most games much prefer clock speed over extra cores (it tends to be video encoding and number crunching that benefits from multiple cores)
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I'd still go i7-5820K for £282 from Scan, of course the X99 motherboards do cost more, but it's a six core CPU and performs better than this CPU, for gaming you probably won't notice a difference though :)
The socket 2011 v3 is also getting another lot of CPU's this year. I'd still find it difficult to choose between this and the 5820K. Only because I'd make use of the iGPU. 12 threads would tempt me lol.
Yes although you can pick up dual Xeons for around 200 quid that beat the i7-5820K, but it's having the platform to run them on such as a Z620 with CPU upgrade board or Dell T7600. The LGA2011 platform is a strange one whereby it's a professional platform but doesn't have a iGPU that can be used for professional means, I guess people using the X99 platform will use dedicated GPUs for the rendering/encoding tasks rather than the iGPU.
However as you say the iGPU on Skylake is useful as it has the following features only on Skylake iGPUs > ' Skylake microarchitecture adds a full fixed-function H.265/HEVC main/8-bit encoding and decoding acceleration, hybrid and partial HEVC main10/10-bit decoding acceleration, JPEG encoding acceleration for resolutions up to 16,000×16,000 pixels, and partial VP9 encoding and decoding acceleration' Source Wikipedia.
I'm running one of those dual xeon setups. Looked at the 280 pound price of this CPU and thought "4 cores? Not worth it", went with dual xeon E5-2670s for 2.6GHz base or 3GHz for all-core turbo, 16 cores 32 threads.
No iGPU does suck a little, but a decent graphics card (GTX 970 in my case) clears that right up, or get a motherboard that has an iGPU on board as a separate device (Asus Z9PE boards are great in that respect). NVENC will work just as well as quicksync in practice.
Word of warning, Dell T7600 motherboards are not ATX compatible in the slightest, they look alright but there are custom connectors, pinouts, cpu heatsink mounts... I ended up giving up and buying the Asus.
Oh but plus side, because there are what, 80 lanes of PCIE 3.0 vs 16 on a skylake CPU you can fit a graphics card, and another why not, and while we're there add a fast wifi card, and a USB C card, maybe an M.2 SSD and a 10gbit ethernet card, and still not have filled all your PCIE slots/bandwidth. This way you can even carry over those features or upgrade them separately to the motherboard.
https://cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-2660+%40+2.20GHz&id=1219&cpuCount=2http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Matching-Pair-2-x-Intel-Xeon-E5-2660-SR0KK-2-2ghz-20M-Cache-CPU-Processor-/201525599345?hash=item2eebdc9c71:g:GWIAAOSwMmBV1dm4
Not as good as the 2670s but 179 quid for the processing power, decent enough. I'm ashamed I quoted Passmark but it had to be done :p
That's a darned good price, but I was thinking that I'd still like to play games so retaining about 3GHz per core would be nice. Useful for anyone else looking to follow though!
*edit* or me actually, gonna keep an eye out for bargains on x79 boards, they seem to come up fairly often and would make a good NAS (my asus has 14 ports for instance. 14. srsly.) or have plenty of power for plex transcodes or whatever plus ECC RAM.
For a minute I thought you meant 14 Ethernet ports?! The Asus tickles my geek fancy but even though I'm really in to computers and I work with them everyday in my job as I.T. Refurbisher/Technician etc I could just never use what that board could offer me, but for the money combined with a couple of decent Xeons might as well have it :) I'll never give it a workload that could remotely tax it, and I'd never fill up all those PCI-e slots with GPUs. I've got an XW6600 with 32GB RAM somewhere in the house, I'm currently using a Mac Mini 2014 which apart from gaming does everything I need. I rarely game after giving up around 2007, I sometimes have a go but can't be bothered with it. I'm too busy learning Linux currently so gaming would eat up my valuable time.
Anyway I'm getting rid of the XW6600 this year and will build some form of PC which will excel in areas I don't need it too or I might just buy another guitar like I did a week ago. I buy things I don't need and never utilise them fully. This Mac Mini I've only started using because I needed to move stuff around the house whilst the builder was in. I bought it a year ago an up until now have hardly used it, now all I do is use it in my spare time and I also write a lot of crap on this forum too :)
Props to you if you can utilise that Asus mobo fully.
Hehe, no way I can use it fully either. Most normal workloads don't touch it, games use 4 cores maximum but I've found h265 encoding to be a good use for it. Those xeons are more efficient than my faster Ivybridge quad (115W for 8 cores at 3GHz vs 77W for 4 at 3.4GHz) and overall faster, they can chew through 2 movies at once (the task can't scale to all the cores) in about a day whereas the quad took 4-6 days for one movie. I'm sure there'll be other tasks down the line :)
Interested to know why you're encoding films? What's the advantage? I just download them and watch them or stream them from a remote Plex server.
Their physical media collection perhaps?

Could be, I haven't encoded anything for 7 or 8 years now, but that's how I do things.
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I'd still go i7-5820K for £282 from Scan, of course the X99 motherboards do cost more, but it's a six core CPU and performs better than this CPU, for gaming you probably won't notice a difference though :)
The socket 2011 v3 is also getting another lot of CPU's this year. I'd still find it difficult to choose between this and the 5820K. Only because I'd make use of the iGPU. 12 threads would tempt me lol.
Yes although you can pick up dual Xeons for around 200 quid that beat the i7-5820K, but it's having the platform to run them on such as a Z620 with CPU upgrade board or Dell T7600. The LGA2011 platform is a strange one whereby it's a professional platform but doesn't have a iGPU that can be used for professional means, I guess people using the X99 platform will use dedicated GPUs for the rendering/encoding tasks rather than the iGPU.
However as you say the iGPU on Skylake is useful as it has the following features only on Skylake iGPUs > ' Skylake microarchitecture adds a full fixed-function H.265/HEVC main/8-bit encoding and decoding acceleration, hybrid and partial HEVC main10/10-bit decoding acceleration, JPEG encoding acceleration for resolutions up to 16,000×16,000 pixels, and partial VP9 encoding and decoding acceleration' Source Wikipedia.
I'm running one of those dual xeon setups. Looked at the 280 pound price of this CPU and thought "4 cores? Not worth it", went with dual xeon E5-2670s for 2.6GHz base or 3GHz for all-core turbo, 16 cores 32 threads.
No iGPU does suck a little, but a decent graphics card (GTX 970 in my case) clears that right up, or get a motherboard that has an iGPU on board as a separate device (Asus Z9PE boards are great in that respect). NVENC will work just as well as quicksync in practice.
Word of warning, Dell T7600 motherboards are not ATX compatible in the slightest, they look alright but there are custom connectors, pinouts, cpu heatsink mounts... I ended up giving up and buying the Asus.
Oh but plus side, because there are what, 80 lanes of PCIE 3.0 vs 16 on a skylake CPU you can fit a graphics card, and another why not, and while we're there add a fast wifi card, and a USB C card, maybe an M.2 SSD and a 10gbit ethernet card, and still not have filled all your PCIE slots/bandwidth. This way you can even carry over those features or upgrade them separately to the motherboard.
https://cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-2660+%40+2.20GHz&id=1219&cpuCount=2http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Matching-Pair-2-x-Intel-Xeon-E5-2660-SR0KK-2-2ghz-20M-Cache-CPU-Processor-/201525599345?hash=item2eebdc9c71:g:GWIAAOSwMmBV1dm4
Not as good as the 2670s but 179 quid for the processing power, decent enough. I'm ashamed I quoted Passmark but it had to be done :p
That's a darned good price, but I was thinking that I'd still like to play games so retaining about 3GHz per core would be nice. Useful for anyone else looking to follow though!
*edit* or me actually, gonna keep an eye out for bargains on x79 boards, they seem to come up fairly often and would make a good NAS (my asus has 14 ports for instance. 14. srsly.) or have plenty of power for plex transcodes or whatever plus ECC RAM.
For a minute I thought you meant 14 Ethernet ports?! The Asus tickles my geek fancy but even though I'm really in to computers and I work with them everyday in my job as I.T. Refurbisher/Technician etc I could just never use what that board could offer me, but for the money combined with a couple of decent Xeons might as well have it :) I'll never give it a workload that could remotely tax it, and I'd never fill up all those PCI-e slots with GPUs. I've got an XW6600 with 32GB RAM somewhere in the house, I'm currently using a Mac Mini 2014 which apart from gaming does everything I need. I rarely game after giving up around 2007, I sometimes have a go but can't be bothered with it. I'm too busy learning Linux currently so gaming would eat up my valuable time.
Anyway I'm getting rid of the XW6600 this year and will build some form of PC which will excel in areas I don't need it too or I might just buy another guitar like I did a week ago. I buy things I don't need and never utilise them fully. This Mac Mini I've only started using because I needed to move stuff around the house whilst the builder was in. I bought it a year ago an up until now have hardly used it, now all I do is use it in my spare time and I also write a lot of crap on this forum too :)
Props to you if you can utilise that Asus mobo fully.
Hehe, no way I can use it fully either. Most normal workloads don't touch it, games use 4 cores maximum but I've found h265 encoding to be a good use for it. Those xeons are more efficient than my faster Ivybridge quad (115W for 8 cores at 3GHz vs 77W for 4 at 3.4GHz) and overall faster, they can chew through 2 movies at once (the task can't scale to all the cores) in about a day whereas the quad took 4-6 days for one movie. I'm sure there'll be other tasks down the line :)
Interested to know why you're encoding films? What's the advantage? I just download them and watch them or stream them from a remote Plex server.

Their physical media collection perhaps?