Intel Core i5-650 (3.2Ghz) LGA1156 £6 - £1.50 del @ CEX
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Intel Core i5-650 (3.2Ghz) LGA1156 £6 - £1.50 del @ CEX

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Found 7th Jan
Intel Core i5-650 (3.2Ghz) LGA1156 Technical Details:
  • Core Core i5-650 Processor
  • 3.20 GHz
  • Socket LGA1156
with 2 years warranty
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Good luck getting a mobo for it
BradleyBowns2 m ago

Good luck getting a mobo for it


plenty on ebay !
Have some heat - I just spent £4 on an Intel core i5 430m cpu...
This is only 2 cores 4 threads, so not much different from a 1156 i3.
aLV42624 m ago

Have some heat - I just spent £4 on an Intel core i5 430m cpu...


I'm sure you have plenty of left over heat from these 1st gen relics.
Decent little CPU. I recently inherited some old workstations that my work was getting rid of which have this CPU. I used one as the computer to power an arcade cabinet that I'm building. The other I turned into a proper franken-PC with a GTX 950 which was a better performer than my Xbox One (not X).
Why are these so cheap
very good quality hand warmer
Delid, put 5v through it, bound to do 5Ghz
MrMan201111 m ago

Why are these so cheap



Because they are too old to get a microcode update to protect them from the backdoor Intel have been putting in them since forever; or havent you been following the news??
can it run crysis?
fattyuk7 m ago

can it run crysis?


Yes medium settings depending on what GPU you have
RavensNest_OfTech-11041271419608061614210 m ago

Yes medium settings depending on what GPU you have


Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX

( and yes had to google old gfx cards lol only been pc gaming for 3 years)
Edited by: "fattyuk" 7th Jan
Crysis is overrated...and no, I won't take that back
I'd be interested in seeing anyone putting together a dirt cheap 2nd hand pc build. Might be fun. Guaranteed youtube hit if you post link to /r/pcmasterrace.
So, are you going to post every cheap old gen intel CPU on here from the CEX website?
runnybabbit1 h, 22 m ago

This is only 2 cores 4 threads, so not much different from a 1156 i3.



thanks for letting me know. I was considering buying it as I have an old machine sitting there with an i3 530 something.
bjrosl6 m ago

I'd be interested in seeing anyone putting together a dirt cheap 2nd hand …I'd be interested in seeing anyone putting together a dirt cheap 2nd hand pc build. Might be fun. Guaranteed youtube hit if you post link to /r/pcmasterrace.


You do realise YouTube is littered with budget builds?
Why is it so cheap? It's an 8 year old CPU! There are only slight differences between this & an i3-550. The i5 has 1Mb L2 cache (versus 0.5 on the i3), AES & supports trusted computing,
The i3-550 is only £2.50 (+£1.50 P&P)!
I guess the extra £3.50 for the cache makes it worth it...
Edited by: "aLV426" 7th Jan
Great processor but for the lack of motherboard availability
fattyuk57 m ago

can it run crysis?


GOD i miss that question.
aLV42637 m ago

Why is it so cheap? It's an 8 year old CPU! There are only slight …Why is it so cheap? It's an 8 year old CPU! There are only slight differences between this & an i3-550. The i5 has 1Mb L2 cache (versus 0.5 on the i3), AES & supports trusted computing, The i3-550 is only £2.50 (+£1.50 P&P)!I guess the extra £3.50 for the cache makes it worth it...


my head hurts reading these question, whats wrong with i7-7700k?
fattyuk12 m ago

my head hurts reading these question, whats wrong with i7-7700k?


It's a side step from the i7-6700k
aLV4261 h, 8 m ago

You do realise YouTube is littered with budget builds?

Link?
aLV4261 h, 55 m ago

You do realise YouTube is littered with budget builds?


Yup, all junk.
There's not much to choose from in 1156, if you want an old i3/i5 build with some amount of upgradability then spend a bit more for a 1155 chip, the branded 1156/1155 mobos both start from about £50 used on ebay...

For my money on a legacy build I'd stick to good old LGA 775 (plenty of DDR3 mobos on ebay around £30) high end 775 CPUs can be had for under £20 on ebay that will beat this in performance.

Only potential downside is you're usually limited to 8gb ram on a 775 mobo.
jacksonliam4 m ago

There's not much to choose from in 1156, if you want an old i3/i5 build …There's not much to choose from in 1156, if you want an old i3/i5 build with some amount of upgradability then spend a bit more for a 1155 chip, the branded 1156/1155 mobos both start from about £50 used on ebay... For my money on a legacy build I'd stick to good old LGA 775 (plenty of DDR3 mobos on ebay around £30) high end 775 CPUs can be had for under £20 on ebay that will beat this in performance. Only potential downside is you're usually limited to 8gb ram on a 775 mobo.




and what would you want a pc like this for?

surely its better to go to pc world and slap down £300 on a budget pc.
Hmmm... My current rig is running an i7 860 @ 2.8Ghz. Is it worth the upgrade?
fattyuk18 m ago

and what would you want a pc like this for?surely its better to go to pc …and what would you want a pc like this for?surely its better to go to pc world and slap down £300 on a budget pc.


Usually for carrying out the instructions of a computer program

Plus the A9-9430 in those £300 PCs is a fair amount lower in performance.
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 7th Jan
bjrosl3 h, 20 m ago

I'd be interested in seeing anyone putting together a dirt cheap 2nd hand …I'd be interested in seeing anyone putting together a dirt cheap 2nd hand pc build. Might be fun. Guaranteed youtube hit if you post link to /r/pcmasterrace.



Until I bought a shiny new "Elsa Blue" gaming case for it last Christmas, my daughters PC cost me £25.

The 775 mobo was being thrown away because the cpu had blown.
A 2nd hand quad core Xeon 5xxx cost me £11 inc P&P
A new fan cost me £12 (the old fan failing had caused the Core2Duo chip to blow).
Still had 4GB of DDR2 RAM, on the mobo.
An old case from a 1995 PC that was being thrown away (they dont make them as solid as this any more).
A 32GB SSD that was too small for my PC and had been replaced with a 240GB SSD.
A 1TB HDD I had swapped out for a new 3TB HDD.
A spare 1GB Radeon HD6670 gfx card.
A spare M$ keyboard I paid about £1 for at a PC fair 10+ years ago.
A mini travel mouse I paid £2 for while we were in China (daughter was only 3 y/o, so tiny hands).
Topped off with an old Dell 19" LCD display from her previous USFF PC (which the DELL BIOS fried).


Despite the list of scrap parts, and the ancient tech, it still manages to do EVERYTHING asked of it; she watches downloaded videos, streams YouTube videos and music; and plays a number of games (Including Lord of the Rings Online).

Last year if got a few upgrades, better gfx card, new case, and 23" IPS monitor, gfx and screen were my cast-offs, so the only real cost was £80 for the DS gaming cube case.

This year it got watercooling (another cast-off that originally cost £24), a graphics tablet for her art programs, and a new printer to print out the results. I got the tablet for £24 (now over £50) and the printer for £19.

Other than my main rig, I dont think any member of the extended family has a better, more capable PC than my daughters.
Gentle_Giant20 m ago

Until I bought a shiny new "Elsa Blue" gaming case for it last Christmas, …Until I bought a shiny new "Elsa Blue" gaming case for it last Christmas, my daughters PC cost me £25. The 775 mobo was being thrown away because the cpu had blown.A 2nd hand quad core Xeon 5xxx cost me £11 inc P&PA new fan cost me £12 (the old fan failing had caused the Core2Duo chip to blow).Still had 4GB of DDR2 RAM, on the mobo.An old case from a 1995 PC that was being thrown away (they dont make them as solid as this any more).A 32GB SSD that was too small for my PC and had been replaced with a 240GB SSD.A 1TB HDD I had swapped out for a new 3TB HDD.A spare 1GB Radeon HD6670 gfx card.A spare M$ keyboard I paid about £1 for at a PC fair 10+ years ago.A mini travel mouse I paid £2 for while we were in China (daughter was only 3 y/o, so tiny hands).Topped off with an old Dell 19" LCD display from her previous USFF PC (which the DELL BIOS fried).Despite the list of scrap parts, and the ancient tech, it still manages to do EVERYTHING asked of it; she watches downloaded videos, streams YouTube videos and music; and plays a number of games (Including Lord of the Rings Online).Last year if got a few upgrades, better gfx card, new case, and 23" IPS monitor, gfx and screen were my cast-offs, so the only real cost was £80 for the DS gaming cube case.This year it got watercooling (another cast-off that originally cost £24), a graphics tablet for her art programs, and a new printer to print out the results. I got the tablet for £24 (now over £50) and the printer for £19.Other than my main rig, I dont think any member of the extended family has a better, more capable PC than my daughters.


This isn't what I had in mind. Saying oh, this pc only cost me £25, but omitting all the £100+ parts you just had or luckily found for free, is disingenuous. You're ignoring the market value of that 32GB SSD, 1TB HDD and the 6670.

You might as well just find some year 2000 PC being thrown away, shove a few spare parts in it and exclaim omg, guys, I built a PC for £0!!!
Gentle_Giant33 m ago

Until I bought a shiny new "Elsa Blue" gaming case for it last Christmas, …Until I bought a shiny new "Elsa Blue" gaming case for it last Christmas, my daughters PC cost me £25. The 775 mobo was being thrown away because the cpu had blown.A 2nd hand quad core Xeon 5xxx cost me £11 inc P&PA new fan cost me £12 (the old fan failing had caused the Core2Duo chip to blow).Still had 4GB of DDR2 RAM, on the mobo.An old case from a 1995 PC that was being thrown away (they dont make them as solid as this any more).A 32GB SSD that was too small for my PC and had been replaced with a 240GB SSD.A 1TB HDD I had swapped out for a new 3TB HDD.A spare 1GB Radeon HD6670 gfx card.A spare M$ keyboard I paid about £1 for at a PC fair 10+ years ago.A mini travel mouse I paid £2 for while we were in China (daughter was only 3 y/o, so tiny hands).Topped off with an old Dell 19" LCD display from her previous USFF PC (which the DELL BIOS fried).Despite the list of scrap parts, and the ancient tech, it still manages to do EVERYTHING asked of it; she watches downloaded videos, streams YouTube videos and music; and plays a number of games (Including Lord of the Rings Online).Last year if got a few upgrades, better gfx card, new case, and 23" IPS monitor, gfx and screen were my cast-offs, so the only real cost was £80 for the DS gaming cube case.This year it got watercooling (another cast-off that originally cost £24), a graphics tablet for her art programs, and a new printer to print out the results. I got the tablet for £24 (now over £50) and the printer for £19.Other than my main rig, I dont think any member of the extended family has a better, more capable PC than my daughters.



BUT

does it run crysis?

(edit why would you watercool a turd?)
Edited by: "fattyuk" 7th Jan
fattyuk1 m ago

BUTdoes it run crysis?



Probably, the gfx is certainly up to it, and the xeon quad core gets passmark score similar to all but the 220Watt FX8xxx series AMD chips.
bjrosl22 m ago

This isn't what I had in mind. Saying oh, this pc only cost me £25, but …This isn't what I had in mind. Saying oh, this pc only cost me £25, but omitting all the £100+ parts you just had or luckily found for free, is disingenuous. You're ignoring the market value of that 32GB SSD, 1TB HDD and the 6670.You might as well just find some year 2000 PC being thrown away, shove a few spare parts in it and exclaim omg, guys, I built a PC for £0!!!



Ok, a 64GB ssd is on sale at my local CEX for £9 so a 32GB is near worthless.
The HD6670 is so old, I dont think you can get them anywhere, even s/h; but if one turns up at CEX, - perhaps £5-£10 ??
1TB HDD £10-20?? It is a decent, and reliable Hitachi, but I wasnt looking for them at CEX.

The PC fairs used to be the place to go; all sorts of new and used kit for sale. I used to buy PCs for nursery children there for £20 - £50, and a 15"-17" LCD screen for £5-£10, then upgrade them over time with s/h parts.

It is a lot harder now, people want stupid money for them on Fleabay, and Gumtree; a better bet is to befriend the staff at the local recycling centre, I see some really good kit getting trashed and thrown away.
jacksonliam2 h, 8 m ago

There's not much to choose from in 1156, if you want an old i3/i5 build …There's not much to choose from in 1156, if you want an old i3/i5 build with some amount of upgradability then spend a bit more for a 1155 chip, the branded 1156/1155 mobos both start from about £50 used on ebay... For my money on a legacy build I'd stick to good old LGA 775 (plenty of DDR3 mobos on ebay around £30) high end 775 CPUs can be had for under £20 on ebay that will beat this in performance. Only potential downside is you're usually limited to 8gb ram on a 775 mobo.



Most 775 boards only support DDR2 RAM, the ones that support DDR3 are rare and expensive (and a little fussy over cpus).

The build mentioned above is a 775/DDR2, they are good boards because they take a range of Xeon cpu's. These chips are at least as good as the high end Core2Duo's, use less power, and yet cost almost nothing, whereas the Q9900 Core2's still fetch a premium, and draw too much current for most boards..

The biggest drawback with DDR2 is that it is near impossible to get RAM bigger than 2GB that will work in them (long story, most of the >2GB DDR2 modules will only work on AMD boards). This limits you to between 4 and 8GB, depending on the board.

There are 4GB modules out there for Intel boards, but they want in excess of £70 EACH for them.
Gentle_Giant1 h, 19 m ago

Ok, a 64GB ssd is on sale at my local CEX for £9 so a 32GB is near …Ok, a 64GB ssd is on sale at my local CEX for £9 so a 32GB is near worthless.The HD6670 is so old, I dont think you can get them anywhere, even s/h; but if one turns up at CEX, - perhaps £5-£10 ??1TB HDD £10-20?? It is a decent, and reliable Hitachi, but I wasnt looking for them at CEX.The PC fairs used to be the place to go; all sorts of new and used kit for sale. I used to buy PCs for nursery children there for £20 - £50, and a 15"-17" LCD screen for £5-£10, then upgrade them over time with s/h parts.It is a lot harder now, people want stupid money for them on Fleabay, and Gumtree; a better bet is to befriend the staff at the local recycling centre, I see some really good kit getting trashed and thrown away.


Really because CEX don't even sell an SSD for £9.... The cheapest 64gb SSD they have in stock is £20.
Edited by: "LuFc6686" 7th Jan
There were two in store in Worcester on New Years Day, A Samsung 64GB for £11 and a Crucial 64GB for £9; we went in to look at games for my 5 y/o.

There was also an iPhoneX for nearly £1100 - which we all laughed at.
Another thing to consider is that most (if not all) motherboards for these 1st gen CPUs did not even have native USB 3.0, so you'll need to mess around with buying and installing a PCI card. I also have to question the WIndows 10 support for these things, assuming most people are Windows users.

Honestly, if I wanted a cheap PC to mess around with, I'd buy something ex-corporate like an HP Prodesk for £60 to 90 on ebay:

ebay.co.uk/sch…=15
Gentle_Giant9 h, 45 m ago

Most 775 boards only support DDR2 RAM, the ones that support DDR3 are rare …Most 775 boards only support DDR2 RAM, the ones that support DDR3 are rare and expensive (and a little fussy over cpus).The build mentioned above is a 775/DDR2, they are good boards because they take a range of Xeon cpu's. These chips are at least as good as the high end Core2Duo's, use less power, and yet cost almost nothing, whereas the Q9900 Core2's still fetch a premium, and draw too much current for most boards..The biggest drawback with DDR2 is that it is near impossible to get RAM bigger than 2GB that will work in them (long story, most of the >2GB DDR2 modules will only work on AMD boards). This limits you to between 4 and 8GB, depending on the board.There are 4GB modules out there for Intel boards, but they want in excess of £70 EACH for them.


Agree with the problems of getting hold of DDR2 these days, but the DDR3 775 boards aren't that rare or expensive on ebay.

They don't have USB 3, which may or may not be a problem depending on the intended use.

Windows 10 runs fine on 775 stuff. I bet there's more 775 boxes running Windows 10 than 1156s!

Agree a used optiplex or something is a good route to go for a cheap but relatively powerful PC.
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