Intel Core i5-2500 (3.30Ghz) LGA1155 £30 @ CEX - scores 6316 on CPU benchmark - pre-loved
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Intel Core i5-2500 (3.30Ghz) LGA1155 £30 @ CEX - scores 6316 on CPU benchmark - pre-loved

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Found 29th Mar
I think this is £30 well spent if you're after a decent pre-loved i5 processor. Check out cpubenchmark.net/cpu…803 to see the 6316 average mark on CPU benchmark. That's pretty nippy - it might not be latest generation i5 but will still give most games a good thrashing as long as your other bottlenecks allow it.

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The i5 2500k is legendary! I still use mine to this day! I must've had about 6 years use of this and it's still stands up well today!
polarbaba22 m ago

Very respectable CPU, overclocks ok .If a person is building a gaming …Very respectable CPU, overclocks ok .If a person is building a gaming build this CPU is decent without spending the big money, especially in games where the bulk of the work is done on the GPU. I won't get into CPU bound games etc. But this is a great deal to build any type of PC on a budget without sacrificing performance.Yes it's no skylake or coffee lake. But it's very very good nevertheless.Great deal if you can get one!.


non-K skew = no overclocking
Proof that Moore's Law is dead.
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Very respectable CPU, overclocks ok .

If a person is building a gaming build this CPU is decent without spending the big money, especially in games where the bulk of the work is done on the GPU.
I won't get into CPU bound games etc. But this is a great deal to build any type of PC on a budget without sacrificing performance.

Yes it's no skylake or coffee lake. But it's very very good nevertheless.
Great deal if you can get one!.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 29th Mar
Good CPU, don't pair it with anything higher than let's say a 960
The i5 2500k is legendary! I still use mine to this day! I must've had about 6 years use of this and it's still stands up well today!
polarbaba22 m ago

Very respectable CPU, overclocks ok .If a person is building a gaming …Very respectable CPU, overclocks ok .If a person is building a gaming build this CPU is decent without spending the big money, especially in games where the bulk of the work is done on the GPU. I won't get into CPU bound games etc. But this is a great deal to build any type of PC on a budget without sacrificing performance.Yes it's no skylake or coffee lake. But it's very very good nevertheless.Great deal if you can get one!.


non-K skew = no overclocking
I do agree that this processor is legendary but who is gonna build a pc based around a 6 year old cpu ?
lollypoplee5 m ago

I do agree that this processor is legendary but who is gonna build a pc …I do agree that this processor is legendary but who is gonna build a pc based around a 6 year old cpu ?


Maybe someone has a MB with the same socket that could use an upgrade. Or a cheap MB /ram/ CPU second hand bundle that could use an upgrade. This could use upto a 1060 max right? Enough for 1080p gaming for most?
I have a 1080ti and my 6700k at 4k does nothing much during gaming from looking at the task manager during the division and ghost recon wildlands.
Edited by: "polarbaba" 29th Mar
lollypoplee16 m ago

I do agree that this processor is legendary but who is gonna build a pc …I do agree that this processor is legendary but who is gonna build a pc based around a 6 year old cpu ?



I would prefer to buy this over a £30 Celeron. Pairs nicely with a £20 OEM motherboard from ebay.
adamspencer9522 m ago

non-K skew = no overclocking


Yup. This particular CPU is not easily overclockable (well, baseclock adjustments but they don't go far). This is not the famous 2500k. This is only the 2500. Not that it's a bad CPU or anything, in fact more of a consideration is the limited onboard graphics, you won't be getting 4K out of it.
I still have an i5-2500K. Can't find any reason to upgrade
Highlighting a fact here. This is the non-k.

This does not overclock for any value, if you are looking at this generation, you want the 2500k or the 2600k as they overclock VERY well and are still relevant today.

The i5 2500 has fallen by the wayside.
Proof that Moore's Law is dead.
from 2016 but still shows how capable these processors are eurogamer.net/art…00k
polarbaba38 m ago

Maybe someone has a MB with the same socket that could use an upgrade. Or …Maybe someone has a MB with the same socket that could use an upgrade. Or a cheap MB /ram/ CPU second hand bundle that could use an upgrade. This could use upto a 1060 max right? Enough for 1080p gaming for most?I have a 1080ti and my 6700k at 4k does nothing much during gaming from looking at the task manager during the division and ghost recon wildlands.


Might interest my brother, I have a spare LGA 1155 mobo lying around and would be a small but tidy upgrade from his FM2+ chip.
Good CPU but a motherboard might be a bit hard and/or expensive to come across.
i swapped my original i3-3220 that I bought 5 years ago with a pre-owned i5-2500k a year ago. I found out the difference is not very big as opposed to what people claimed. Slightly disappointed.
Motherboards start at £15 on ebay if you're not fussy about features:

ebay.co.uk/sch…N=1
I still have a i5-3570K running over clocked @ 4.15Ghz. Must be at least 5 years old. I just get a new video card every 2 years.

Dhrystones per Second: 29192819.3
VAX MIPS rating = 16615.150


Toybhoy1 h, 27 m ago

The i5 2500k is legendary! I still use mine to this day! I must've had …The i5 2500k is legendary! I still use mine to this day! I must've had about 6 years use of this and it's still stands up well today!

superivanho1 h, 8 m ago

i swapped my original i3-3220 that I bought 5 years ago with a pre-owned …i swapped my original i3-3220 that I bought 5 years ago with a pre-owned i5-2500k a year ago. I found out the difference is not very big as opposed to what people claimed. Slightly disappointed.


Then you do nothing with your pc/have zero idea what you're doing.
This maybe a daft question? Im guessing this won't fit a socket 1151 mobo?
Still a very capable CPU and will do a decent job in most of the newer games paired well with a mid-range graphics card.

Good price! Heat added!
I built a PC last year with a 2400 and an RX480. Worked fine for every game I tried.

Yes, an up-to-date i5 with motherboard and RAM would have been better. But it also would have set me back more than the entire system.

I've since sold the GPU as I don't game enough and the value went silly (bought for £160, sold for £300). What I will point out is that the iGPU is utter pants. If you're looking to use the iGPU at all, for anything, a more up-to-date CPU would be a smarter buy.
Edited by: "satchef1" 29th Mar
It's not the 2500k so unless you have to get this particular socket type get something newer or the k version. Also seems to be around normal price on eBay so not a good deal.
ScorpioJonesy7 m ago

It's not the 2500k so unless you have to get this particular socket type …It's not the 2500k so unless you have to get this particular socket type get something newer or the k version. Also seems to be around normal price on eBay so not a good deal.


The "k" version still commands a premium. £60 Vs £30 at CEX. Not even close to being worth the extra. There's never a guarantee that you'll get a good overclocker, and even if you do you then need a decent cooler, widening the price gap.
Edited by: "satchef1" 29th Mar
The problem with these old cpu deals is that unless you have the old tech to go with them (old motherboards) there not suitable for you. I.e you could buy a second hand motherboard off ebay to take advantage of a cheap cpu deal like this but then you'd be buying a motherboard with no warranty and likely 5 years old or more. Also people charge over the odds for old stuff.

Your best bet is to buy something second hand but not too old tech such as a 4790k bundle or similar.

Also this 2500 is not overclockable so it kinda defeats the purpose or picking up this cpu (overclocked up to 5ghz it will perform brilliantly)

To summarise this cpu deal is realistically only useful for someone who's running a p67 setup but with a slower cpu. And there won't be many cpus slower than a 2500 cpu in that series.
Nate14924 h, 2 m ago

Highlighting a fact here. This is the non-k.This does not overclock for …Highlighting a fact here. This is the non-k.This does not overclock for any value, if you are looking at this generation, you want the 2500k or the 2600k as they overclock VERY well and are still relevant today.The i5 2500 has fallen by the wayside.

The K versions in this family do not support:

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) - Useful I think
Intel® vPro™ Technology - Does anyone care?


At 3.3->3.7Ghz it's still a very capable chip.


I went from a 2500K->2600K (same limitations as above) 4.2Ghz OC purely for the extra threads for x265 transcoding.

I've not even bothered OCing the graphics core.


I was looking to stick with this into the 2020s until they started adding more than 4 cores - Yessssssssss

So will wait till 2020 now.
Edited by: "png666" 29th Mar
png6662 m ago

The K versions in this family do not support:Intel® Virtualization …The K versions in this family do not support:Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) - Useful I think Intel® vPro™ Technology - Does anyone care? Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡ No - Probably a good thing!At 3.3->3.7Ghz it's still a very capable chip.I went from a 2500K->2600K (same limitations as above) 4.2Ghz OC purely for the extra threads for x265 transcoding.I've not even bothered OCing the graphics core.I was looking to stick with this into the 2020s until they started adding more than 4 cores - YessssssssssSo will wait till 2020 now.


What do you mean add more than 4 cores? The standard i5 k chips now feature 6 cores instead of 4.
bbfb1232 m ago

What do you mean add more than 4 cores? The standard i5 k chips now …What do you mean add more than 4 cores? The standard i5 k chips now feature 6 cores instead of 4.


Sorry your post makes no sense.
png6668 m ago

The K versions in this family do not support:Intel® Virtualization …The K versions in this family do not support:Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) - Useful I think Intel® vPro™ Technology - Does anyone care? Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡ No - Probably a good thing!At 3.3->3.7Ghz it's still a very capable chip.I went from a 2500K->2600K (same limitations as above) 4.2Ghz OC purely for the extra threads for x265 transcoding.I've not even bothered OCing the graphics core.I was looking to stick with this into the 2020s until they started adding more than 4 cores - YessssssssssSo will wait till 2020 now.


How does this make sense?

Until they start adding more than 4 cores? They added more than 4 cores on the i5 chips with the latest 8600k as that has 6 cores.

So it makes perfect sense.
bbfb1231 h, 58 m ago

The problem with these old cpu deals is that unless you have the old tech …The problem with these old cpu deals is that unless you have the old tech to go with them (old motherboards) there not suitable for you. I.e you could buy a second hand motherboard off ebay to take advantage of a cheap cpu deal like this but then you'd be buying a motherboard with no warranty and likely 5 years old or more. Also people charge over the odds for old stuff. Your best bet is to buy something second hand but not too old tech such as a 4790k bundle or similar. Also this 2500 is not overclockable so it kinda defeats the purpose or picking up this cpu (overclocked up to 5ghz it will perform brilliantly)To summarise this cpu deal is realistically only useful for someone who's running a p67 setup but with a slower cpu. And there won't be many cpus slower than a 2500 cpu in that series.


A 4790k with an appropriate motherboard and RAM would cost at least three times as much. A reasonable comparison, it isn't.

This is a cheap CPU for building a cheap PC. You could have an entire system for under £200, or under £300 with a cheap/old GPU (even at the current crazy prices). You'd struggle to spec a 4790k, Z97 motherboard, RAM, and a decent cooler for that.
Edited by: "satchef1" 29th Mar
I have an old Zoostorm pc which is fine for general use, it has a Pentium G840 processor and Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV motherboard, which I believe is socket 1155. Would the i5 processor be a worthwhile upgrade?
bbfb1232 h, 1 m ago

How does this make sense?Until they start adding more than 4 cores? They …How does this make sense?Until they start adding more than 4 cores? They added more than 4 cores on the i5 chips with the latest 8600k as that has 6 cores. So it makes perfect sense.


"I was looking to stick with this into the 2020s until they started adding more than 4 cores"

Meaning: I was happy to stick with this 4 core CPU due to minimal IPC improvements per generation, then Intel released 6 core chips. Now I am not happy to do that.

Tbh I agree, but it was also long overdue. Intel's Xeon line added 4-6 cores per generation and kept on doing that each year. The consumer line stuck at 4 cores because it was cheap. Darnit Intel, give us home users cheap many-cored chips please! I've got videos to encode!
2sheds1 h, 4 m ago

I have an old Zoostorm pc which is fine for general use, it has a Pentium …I have an old Zoostorm pc which is fine for general use, it has a Pentium G840 processor and Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV motherboard, which I believe is socket 1155. Would the i5 processor be a worthwhile upgrade?


Literaly upgraded my G860 to i5 2500 yesterday(same processor), literaly doubled the performance in tests!!!
Paired with a GTX 480, still capable to play games in 1080p medium graphic! I believe it would serve out a GTX 1060 with minimal bottleneck!
DrTraktor26 m ago

Literaly upgraded my G860 to i5 2500 yesterday(same processor), literaly …Literaly upgraded my G860 to i5 2500 yesterday(same processor), literaly doubled the performance in tests!!!Paired with a GTX 480, still capable to play games in 1080p medium graphic! I believe it would serve out a GTX 1060 with minimal bottleneck!


Cheers.... you've made my mind up!
2sheds1 h, 32 m ago

I have an old Zoostorm pc which is fine for general use, it has a Pentium …I have an old Zoostorm pc which is fine for general use, it has a Pentium G840 processor and Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV motherboard, which I believe is socket 1155. Would the i5 processor be a worthwhile upgrade?


I would say... What you waiting for
.. run!
png6666 h, 30 m ago

Sorry your post makes no sense.


You don't appear to be up on the current times.

The i5 8400 has 6 cores. The i5 8600k has 6 cores. The i7 8700 has 6 cores... And the i7 8700k has 6 cores.

You said you were waiting for them to add more cores. They added more cores in 2017.
satchef129th Mar

The "k" version still commands a premium. £60 Vs £30 at CEX. Not even c …The "k" version still commands a premium. £60 Vs £30 at CEX. Not even close to being worth the extra. There's never a guarantee that you'll get a good overclocker, and even if you do you then need a decent cooler, widening the price gap.


Your comparing cex pricing which from the outset is not great value and worse so when you go k series. eBay would be a much better place to grab a cpu. Interms of ovclocking 4.2 should be no issue at all on any 2500k
DrTraktor29th Mar

Literaly upgraded my G860 to i5 2500 yesterday(same processor), literaly …Literaly upgraded my G860 to i5 2500 yesterday(same processor), literaly doubled the performance in tests!!!Paired with a GTX 480, still capable to play games in 1080p medium graphic! I believe it would serve out a GTX 1060 with minimal bottleneck!


GTX 480? You might want to make this your next system upgrade
adderrson18 h, 11 m ago

GTX 480? You might want to make this your next system upgrade


Nope, because this is just a backup machine, my main rig is i7-8700,GTX 1080:)!
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