Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz) LGA1156 £2 + £1.50 Delivery @ CEX
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Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz) LGA1156 £2 + £1.50 Delivery @ CEX

£3.50CeX Deals
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Found 7th Jan
With 2 years warranty
Intel Core i3-530 (2.93GHz) LGA1156 Technical Details:
  • Pentium Core i3-530 Processor
  • 2.93 GHz
  • Socket LGA1156
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RavensNest_OfTech-1104127141960806161426 m ago

Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing …Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing any game from 2015 onwards


If you have any ambitions of 3D gaming don't touch a £3.50 CPU

Agreed would be fine for a very basic PC, but probably also very useful for specific applications. Should be plenty to run Windows + AwesomeMiner to control a load of graphics cards for crypto mining for example.
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can't really go wrong at that price, 2 year warranty though?, would anyone really bother sending it back for £3.50 if it failed?!
Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing any game from 2015 onwards
RavensNest_OfTech-1104127141960806161426 m ago

Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing …Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing any game from 2015 onwards


If you have any ambitions of 3D gaming don't touch a £3.50 CPU

Agreed would be fine for a very basic PC, but probably also very useful for specific applications. Should be plenty to run Windows + AwesomeMiner to control a load of graphics cards for crypto mining for example.
RavensNest_OfTech-1104127141960806161428 m ago

Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing …Okay for a very basic PC would completely bottleneck and Max out playing any game from 2015 onwards


Think you've overstated it a bit there. Sure this will bottleneck in games, but on the other hand so would the £3.50 GPU you've paired this with ;D

For average desktop use (web browsing etc) this is fine, though I think the integrated GPU might struggle at 2D when attached to a 4K monitor.
hi all, will it work with Toshiba Laptop.
james2517910 m ago

hi all, will it work with Toshiba Laptop.


Almost certainly not, it's a desktop CPU.

Whilst some high end laptops do use full, desktop versions of intel CPUs, they're few and far between and aren't equipped with anything for which a 1st gen i3 would be an upgrade.
james2517911 m ago

hi all, will it work with Toshiba Laptop.


We will need to know a LOT more than that, and also, not an insult or anything, but with your knowledge of computers, how do you plan on putting it in?
james2517914 m ago

hi all, will it work with Toshiba Laptop.


Given that the box says for Desktop your chances aren't good.
If you don't have a motherboard for it the cost of one makes it less attractive. Glanced on ebay, working H55 motherboard for £35. Ok if you can steal one cheaper though.
sneakybifta33 m ago

If you have any ambitions of 3D gaming don't touch a £3.50 CPU Agreed …If you have any ambitions of 3D gaming don't touch a £3.50 CPU Agreed would be fine for a very basic PC, but probably also very useful for specific applications. Should be plenty to run Windows + AwesomeMiner to control a load of graphics cards for crypto mining for example.


Where are you going to get a mining motherboard for a 1156 cpu from?
bjrosl7 m ago

Where are you going to get a mining motherboard for a 1156 cpu from?


Do you need a 'mining' motherboard if you've got more than a couple GPUs?

Granted the 1156 motherboards wont be PCI-E 3.0, but the graphics cards are backwards compatible. Mining isn't bandwidth intensive so falling back to PCI-E 2.0 shouldn't make a difference.

I know professional miners are happy to use the shorter PCI-E x1 slots as it makes no difference to mining speed and allows you to use all the PCI-E slots on motherboard rather than just the 2 or 3 larger ones. I've also read that, as there is no mining performance hit, 6+ GPU mining rigs will often turn PCI-E 3.0 slots down to 2.0 or even 1.1 for compatibility reasons.
Mac331220 m ago

We will need to know a LOT more than that, and also, not an insult or …We will need to know a LOT more than that, and also, not an insult or anything, but with your knowledge of computers, how do you plan on putting it in?


We don't need to know anything more. This definitely will not work in your Toshiba laptop, it's a desktop CPU.
sneakybifta1 h, 4 m ago

Do you need a 'mining' motherboard if you've got more than a couple …Do you need a 'mining' motherboard if you've got more than a couple GPUs?Granted the 1156 motherboards wont be PCI-E 3.0, but the graphics cards are backwards compatible. Mining isn't bandwidth intensive so falling back to PCI-E 2.0 shouldn't make a difference.I know professional miners are happy to use the shorter PCI-E x1 slots as it makes no difference to mining speed and allows you to use all the PCI-E slots on motherboard rather than just the 2 or 3 larger ones. I've also read that, as there is no mining performance hit, 6+ GPU mining rigs will often turn PCI-E 3.0 slots down to 2.0 or even 1.1 for compatibility reasons.


It's hard enough to find any old motherboards, for a cheap price, let alone ones with ~6 pcie slots. I'm guessing any of those are expensive now due to the mining boom.
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sneakybifta1 h, 54 m ago

Do you need a 'mining' motherboard if you've got more than a couple …Do you need a 'mining' motherboard if you've got more than a couple GPUs?Granted the 1156 motherboards wont be PCI-E 3.0, but the graphics cards are backwards compatible. Mining isn't bandwidth intensive so falling back to PCI-E 2.0 shouldn't make a difference.I know professional miners are happy to use the shorter PCI-E x1 slots as it makes no difference to mining speed and allows you to use all the PCI-E slots on motherboard rather than just the 2 or 3 larger ones. I've also read that, as there is no mining performance hit, 6+ GPU mining rigs will often turn PCI-E 3.0 slots down to 2.0 or even 1.1 for compatibility reasons.


On a board of that age, you’ll probably have a 16x slot, maybe a 4x and if you’re lucky two 1x slots then a few PCI (not Express) slots. If after all that you try and configure it you may find that it won’t recognise a card or two - because the lanes have a specific configuration. You don’t have support as it’s an 8 year old board and you’ve got a number of unused cards = frustration and unused capacity. Seriously for the sake of uptime, just buy a proper mining board with properly configured PCIe slots and don’t scrimp out with cheap stuff like this. The hours of time involved with troubleshooting and trial and error will wipe out any upfront savings. This is coming from someone who had to help troubleshoot someone’s Z170 chipset rig (which has 6 PCIe slots) before finally accepting that the board will only ever take 4 cards max due to device conflicts that you can never work out - it was resolved with a simple board swap to an MSI Z270-A Pro.

This CPU has very limited use - if I had a system that old, then I’d only buy a Clarksdale i3 to upgrade from the even slower Penguin/Celeron range and even then I guess I’d really want an i5 quad-core if I was even bothering with it
This CPU can run games like Fallout 3/New Vegas recommended specs (with the correct GPU etc), but it will not run games like Fallout 4, Skyrim (Special Edition). (source: game-debate.com/har…GHz)

With my first build (for Fallout 3 gaming) I opted for a LGA 775 MoBo with an Intel® Pentium® Processor E5800, but I wish I had gone for the E6600.

Anyway, I hope this helps any budget builders out there! HEAT ADDED!
Edited by: "BlackwellTV" 7th Jan
Hello Chris would this be a worthwhile upgrade to our core 2 duo processor on our desktop? Would I need a new motherboard?
torvil8th Jan

Hello Chris would this be a worthwhile upgrade to our core 2 duo processor …Hello Chris would this be a worthwhile upgrade to our core 2 duo processor on our desktop? Would I need a new motherboard?


No, this is not a worthwhile upgrade.

This CPU, the i3 530, was released back in 2010 and was the budget range chip back in the day.

Now, the biggest issue with this 3.5 pound product... I don't know exactly what Core 2 Duo you have, nor your motherboard.

There are some core 2 duo's that share the 1156 mobo (like the i3-530) but I feel the hassle involved in installing a new chip, the thermal compound etc etc for perhaps, at best, a 5% upgrade? Maybe 10% upgrade? Would be a waste of time and prone to something annoying happening.

Might as well consider something like...

i3 8100 (95£)
MSA z370-A Pro (90£)
8 GB G.SKill Ripjaws 4 (59£)


That's a 'bare bones' kit, from there, you could take whatever you had in your current PC and (probably) reuse it.


Anyway, you can go even cheaper than that if you go back a generation or two... But... I mean? 245 quid and you're pretty much rock solid.
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