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The i5 3470 (and the innards except for the cooler/case/fans were new and the HDDs/PSU were reused) is 2nd hand so no stock fan.

I did consider the Deepcool Gammax 400, but I decided not to since the Gammax is bigger and is probably overkill for the CPU. Before settling on the ID Cooling SE-903, I also considered the Antec A30; in the end, the SE-903 was selected for being cheaper, 100g heavier, and an extra copper pipe.

Temps are over ambient of ~26-32 degrees Celsius and me messing up the cooler installation by putting in on and off (i.e. messily smearing the pre-applied thermal paste over the CPU and probably generated a good deal of air bubbles between the heatsink and the CPU).

**Enabling low-power state C in UEFI to allow Windows to dial the CPU clock down from its default 3.2Ghz and getting the 2nd front intake to work resulting in the low idle temps @ 36 degrees Celsius on the hottest core and 33 on the cooler core. Putting it through the Intel Burn-in Test max out 100% usage on all cores result in highest temperatures of 59 degrees on the hottest core and 56 degrees on the cooler core.

It barely makes any noise despite fan speed reported as ~2.3k rpm; I'd have to put my ear 10-20cm from the case and in the dead of night to hear the sound of its fan.

On the other hand, the SAMA case fans are purely aesthetic as I can't feel it moving any air at all.

I wanted to get the GTX 650 instead of the Radeon 7730 but they were out of GTX650 so... that's the biggest compromise.

On the DIY-F2/SAMA F2/etc... it has almost no room for cable management on its back side. The front side plastic is so thin the LED light shine right through. A wider MB with 4 DIMM slots will almost guarantee blocking the 2 cables routing holes and you'd end up having to use the holes that was supposed to be the mounting place for SSD/2.5" HDD. It's a small case and everything will have to fit together very tightly so you will need to plan ahead the order of which components/plug to be put in/inserted first. My haphazard way of going about it ended up costing extra time to unplug/remove component to gain access to plug/connector sitting low on the MB and will become difficult to reach with other components in the way. If you choose this case, do yourself a favor and get a modular PSU and/or PSU without any sleeving on its cables or has at least its 24pins/8pins as ribbon type.

I'm not from the US and prices are converted to USD. Better quality pics if I can get my smartphone camera function working again...


Coming from a Core 2 Duo E6320 + 2GB DDR2 + GT 220 1GB DDR2, this represent a big jump in performance (as was the C2D felt when I moved to it from a P3 1Ghz config, and a Pentium 133Mhz before that).

With this I get enough CPU muscle for HEVC 1080p playback plus an decent amount of upgrade to gaming performance.

I believe that I've got a good deal comparing to prices of completely new parts, that'd be either a G4560+ASROCK H110M-HDVP+8GB NT 2133 or G4560+ASROCK B250M Pro4+4GB NT/HyperX w/o dedicated graphic card; and both options would have cost slightly more than this.

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Case

It has almost no room for cable management on its back side. The plastic forward part is so thin the LED light shine right through.

A wider MB with 4 DIMM slots will almost guarantee blocking the 2 cables routing holes and you'd end up having to use the holes that was supposed to be the mounting place for SSD/2.5" HDD.

It's a small case and everything will have to fit together very tightly so you will need to plan ahead the order of which components/plug to be put in/inserted first.

If you choose this case, do yourself a favor and get a modular PSU and/or PSU without any sleeving on its cables or has mostly ribbon cables. Also, pick a short PSU; anything longer than 140mm will either partly or fully block the bottom cable routing hole.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

O man and I was getting ready to post a E8400 and Q6600 build....

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought about getting a 2nd hand P35/G41+E8400/C2Q but the uncertainty around those CPU ability to do FullHD HEVC turned me toward an used i5 instead.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I just picked up a Q9400 for $10 and a ASRock G41C-GS for $35. I've got an older pc someone gave me so I'm going to do a strip down and build it back up. Just something fun to do. I've got 3 other builds here on PCPP with the i5-3470 in them. The 2400 and 3470 were used in a lot of pre-built oem pcs like hp and dell so you can pick them up pretty cheap on the 2nd hand market for a good price and those cpu's are still good performers.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know about other guys, but for me it's the newer G4560 pushing the prices of 2nd hand i3 down so that prices of 2nd hand i5 have some room to fall due to the imminent arrival of Ryzen 5.