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Core i3 540 CPU £77.94 @ Scan
Core i3 540 CPU £77.94 @ Scan

Core i3 540 CPU £77.94 @ Scan

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This is the best price I have seen this and a great cpu for HTPC or any one on a budget. Worth bearing in mind that this may well drop further with the launch of the second gen core ix cpu so might be worth holding on or going for the the gen any way.

What do you guys think?

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Yeah, for once, one of these IS a good deal.

Intel have just announced record profits for 2010 even though they sold less stuff (how did they do that?).

dubdivision

Intel have just announced record profits for 2010 even though they sold … Intel have just announced record profits for 2010 even though they sold less stuff (how did they do that?).



They didn't pay Dell millions to use their chips???

dubdivision

Intel have just announced record profits for 2010 even though they sold … Intel have just announced record profits for 2010 even though they sold less stuff (how did they do that?).


More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just got an AMD X2 265 myself (3.3ghz dual core) for £52(amazon) if this would have come sooner at that price I might have thought twice..
Edited by: "vhero" 14th Jan 2011

vhero

More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just … More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just got an AMD X2 265 myself (3.3ghz dual core) for £52(amazon) if this would have come sooner at that price I might have thought twice..



That, and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more profit per motherboard. Last I bothered to check, i7 motherboards were something like £200+, whereas a board supporting AMD's top-end CPUs (or, indeed, Intel's prev-gen top-end CPUs) was like £40.

Original Poster

vhero

More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just … More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just got an AMD X2 265 myself (3.3ghz dual core) for £52(amazon) if this would have come sooner at that price I might have thought twice..



But surly the Core i3 540 far out preforms this proccessor?
cpubenchmark.net/cpu…265

compared to core i3 540

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz

Original Poster

anyway, this isnt an amd v intel post.... its a hot deal!

How hard is it to install this given I've never done it before?

Original Poster

trickz

How hard is it to install this given I've never done it before?



well what system have you got at the moment? or will you be building a new one? its not hard to fit your own, just do some resurch first such as at toms hardwear and avforums

trickz

How hard is it to install this given I've never done it before?



Much easier than it used to be - no more gut-wrenching heatsink installations that require so much force that you feel you're going to crack your cpu!
Nor do you have to worry about blowing your cpu with the wrong motherboard bus, multiplier & voltage jumper settings
Even the awkward 4-pin molex power connectors have been pretty much phased out.

Honestly I think they've made PC construction easy enough for even the most inept, ham-fisted individuals to manage it =)

Original Poster

[quote=Honestly I think they've made PC construction easy enough for even the most inept, ham-fisted individuals to manage it =)[/quote]

Have we ever met?

very hot price, this is better than the AMD quad core i'm currently using according to cpubenchmarks. Might have to invest in one of these.

vhero

More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just … More profit per chip sold so the customers are getting riupped off.. Just got an AMD X2 265 myself (3.3ghz dual core) for £52(amazon) if this would have come sooner at that price I might have thought twice..



I'm failing to see how i3 540 is better. Have you tried unlocking cores on AMD?

drop_dead_budgie

well what system have you got at the moment? or will you be building a … well what system have you got at the moment? or will you be building a new one? its not hard to fit your own, just do some resurch first such as at toms hardwear and avforums



I was thinking of buying a cheap laptop and replacing the processor with this but I guess I have to make sure its compatible first...

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trickz

I was thinking of buying a cheap laptop and replacing the processor with … I was thinking of buying a cheap laptop and replacing the processor with this but I guess I have to make sure its compatible first...



This isn’t for laptops sorry. Do a bit of research. You can save a lot building your own pc. Building your on laptop totally different though

trickz

I was thinking of buying a cheap laptop and replacing the processor with … I was thinking of buying a cheap laptop and replacing the processor with this but I guess I have to make sure its compatible first...




Its very unlikely you will be able to change your laptop processor

drop_dead_budgie

This isn’t for laptops sorry. Do a bit of research. You can save a lot b … This isn’t for laptops sorry. Do a bit of research. You can save a lot building your own pc. Building your on laptop totally different though


drop_dead_budgie

Its very unlikely you will be able to change your laptop processor



oops... looks like that plan's out the window. Thanks for the heads up

TehJumpingJawa

Much easier than it used to be - no more gut-wrenching heatsink … Much easier than it used to be - no more gut-wrenching heatsink installations that require so much force that you feel you're going to crack your cpu!Nor do you have to worry about blowing your cpu with the wrong motherboard bus, multiplier & voltage jumper settings ;)Even the awkward 4-pin molex power connectors have been pretty much phased out.Honestly I think they've made PC construction easy enough for even the most inept, ham-fisted individuals to manage it =)



So true , Always hated that feeling of either you were going to chip the CPU with the force needed to install the heatsink or the Screwdriver was going to slide off and go for a nice slide down the Motherboard X)
Edited by: "capcom1" 14th Jan 2011

pulsex0r

very hot price, this is better than the AMD quad core i'm currently using … very hot price, this is better than the AMD quad core i'm currently using according to cpubenchmarks. Might have to invest in one of these.



What makes you think that numbers from cpubenchmarks are correct?

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CTPAHHIK

What makes you think that numbers from cpubenchmarks are correct?



Please do go on

pulsex0r

very hot price, this is better than the AMD quad core i'm currently using … very hot price, this is better than the AMD quad core i'm currently using according to cpubenchmarks. Might have to invest in one of these.



You will also need to invest in a Socket: 1156 Motherboard to go with it , And mabey new Memory as well depending what you have now

You could see what the highest AMD CPU your current Motherboard supports and put in a better Quad or 6 core CPU

people should know this is the older core i3 cpu, the new ones for the skt 1155 (sandy bridge are out around 20th feb) so if you are thinking of building a new pc or upgrading your parts wait until then as the new platform is much better.

I don't understand the pricing of cpus. I bought an Intel Quad core 9550 cpu in the summer of 2009 for £179 and it costs about £50 more now. Why's that?

hajj_3

people should know this is the older core i3 cpu, the new ones for the … people should know this is the older core i3 cpu, the new ones for the skt 1155 (sandy bridge are out around 20th feb) so if you are thinking of building a new pc or upgrading your parts wait until then as the new platform is much better.



Theres also lots of unhappy people with Sandy Bridge containing DRM.

Bad Actor

I don't understand the pricing of cpus. I bought an Intel Quad core 9550 … I don't understand the pricing of cpus. I bought an Intel Quad core 9550 cpu in the summer of 2009 for £179 and it costs about £50 more now. Why's that?



They do not make new ones anymore. It's 65W Quad Core which makes it ideal for small PC.

Coupled with the Intel DH57JG motherboard ftw!
Loads of cheap RAM flying around too to make a nice PC/Media Centre or whatever with a small footstep.

Bad Actor, here is a better example.

mywife, suggested that i540 + Intel DH57JG makes a good HTPC. However, i540 is rated @ 73W and 9550 @ 65W. Surely 9550 is better suited for HTPC.
If you consider that 9550 completely obliterates i540 in every multi-threaded benchmark it would explain such a high price.

drop_dead_budgie

Please do go on



cpubenchmarks uses passmark suite. First, it's a synthetic benchmark that does not reflect any real world CPU usage. Second, I don't see it being used as benchmark by processional reviewers. Third, having i7 rated faster than Xeon makes entire server CPU market look like morons.

CTPAHHIK

Bad Actor, here is a better example. mywife, suggested that i540 + Intel … Bad Actor, here is a better example. mywife, suggested that i540 + Intel DH57JG makes a good HTPC. However, i540 is rated @ 73W and 9550 @ 65W. Surely 9550 is better suited for HTPC. If you consider that 9550 completely obliterates i540 in every multi-threaded benchmark it would explain such a high price.



Ahhh ok. I thought that as technology moved on it became more efficient and faster.

Thanks

fmgod

Theres also lots of unhappy people with Sandy Bridge containing DRM.


The DRM is for an optional video service so nothing to be unhappy about.
But thanks for spreading the disinformation which helps to spread ignorance.
Edited by: "Agharta" 14th Jan 2011

Bad Actor

Ahhh ok. I thought that as technology moved on it became more efficient … Ahhh ok. I thought that as technology moved on it became more efficient and faster.Thanks



Technology did move on and got efficient and faster. However, i3 540 is low end new model and 9550 is high end old model. You have to compare i7-series to Q9xxx series to be on same page.

How does this compare to my q6600 which still fetch circa 80 pound on the bay?

leighbeef

How does this compare to my q6600 which still fetch circa 80 pound on the … How does this compare to my q6600 which still fetch circa 80 pound on the bay?



Depends what you use computer for. Q6600 was Intel big marketing mistake, as it was relatively cheap compared to other models and easily overclock able to 3.4GHz.
If you overclock and more into multitasking then Q6600 is better. If you keep it at stock speed and into gaming this one will give you better performance, but not by much.

good deal, hot for me

Original Poster

Stupid, I post this but cant get it myself until payday at the end of the month. Hope it stays at this price!

Agharta

The DRM is for an optional video service so nothing to be unhappy … The DRM is for an optional video service so nothing to be unhappy about.But thanks for spreading the disinformation which helps to spread ignorance.



That is what it is intended for but the other uses are uneplored yet and many people despise DRM, I'm just giving the negative to your positive on the Sandy Bridge, I have no opinion of one yet.

Would there be much of an improvement with this over my E7600.

If not what processor should I be looking at to make upgrading worthwhile?

CTPAHHIK

Depends what you use computer for. Q6600 was Intel big marketing mistake, … Depends what you use computer for. Q6600 was Intel big marketing mistake, as it was relatively cheap compared to other models and easily overclock able to 3.4GHz. If you overclock and more into multitasking then Q6600 is better. If you keep it at stock speed and into gaming this one will give you better performance, but not by much.


cheers i use it for moderate gaming and photoshop and seems to cope fine at moment,i was planning a liquid set up closer to 4 ghz but prob throwing my money at old tec and maybe better to upgrade to intels i3/i5, this cpu seems cheap to me,i wouldnt mind a ddr3 mobo too so i can get cheap ram,anyone know the cheapest mobo for this cpu ?

Tomb

Would there be much of an improvement with this over my E7600.If not what … Would there be much of an improvement with this over my E7600.If not what processor should I be looking at to make upgrading worthwhile?



You cannot upgrade. i3-series requires new motherboard.
E7600 is LGA775 and i3 is LGA1156

While it is a good deal on price it is at the bottom of the scale which means people buying this are likely to have to buy into LGA1156 with no real upgrade path.
At this level I'd stick with AMD. A like for like Athlon II x3 450 build is likely to be £40 less with the possibility of upgrading to Phenom II x4/x6.

But as pointed out would make a great higher power HTPC chip as Intel pretty much has the ITX market to themselves (yes there are a few 880G ITX boards) until 'Ontario' and 'Zacate' boards hit this side of the water. But at this higher end HTPC I don't expect anything from AMD until 2012.
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