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A friend of mine wants a new computer that will be used for statistical analysis using programs like Matlab. It won't be overclocked, and won't be used for gaming, so integrated GPU will be fine. I've put together some initial thoughts and I'd be grateful to know what people think of the main components:

Core i5 2400
Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 mobo
4GB RAM
Corsair 500CX PSU

From the brief reading I've done, the P67 should be fine, as there's no OC happening, plus it has integrated GPU. Will the CPU be OK with the mobo?

Thanks,

Dave.
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For something like this, a 6 core processor would be much better (as they are multi threaded) - you might want to consider an AMD Phenom II X6 (cheapest option) or Core i7 970, at the very least grab a 2600 as it has hyper-threading which will be much better
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Curious as to why the H67 when at similar price point you can get a z68 version that offers more flexibility? example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-495-_-Product
    
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What's your budget?

I suggest you get an i7 2600, HT will be a great benefit to your friend when he's number crunching.
    
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Thanks for the replies.

I hadn't considered AMD systems purely because I'm not familiar with them. But then it seems I'm not that familiar with the Sandy Bridge line either . Any suggestions as to a good mobo to combine with an AMD Phenom II X6? And do any of them have integrated graphics?

As for the Z68, I hadn't got far in my research, so I wasn't aware of it to be honest. I'll have a look though.

The i7 2600 would be great, but it's too expensive for the budget. Speaking of which, the max is £500 (we are in the UK) for the whole system. I think about £250 for CPU and mobo.

Keep 'em coming!

Dave.
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Thanks for the replies.

I hadn't considered AMD systems purely because I'm not familiar with them. But then it seems I'm not that familiar with the Sandy Bridge line either . Any suggestions as to a good mobo to combine with an AMD Phenom II X6? And do any of them have integrated graphics?

As for the Z68, I hadn't got far in my research, so I wasn't aware of it to be honest. I'll have a look though.

The i7 2600 would be great, but it's too expensive for the budget. Speaking of which, the max is £500 (we are in the UK) for the whole system. I think about £250 for CPU and mobo.

Keep 'em coming!

Dave.
Can't answer in depth atm as I am doing errands. But look at the Z68 chipsets - they off use of the IGP and will allow you to overclock if you get a K processor. Also will allow you to do SSD cacheing in case you need or want that and also if you get a discrete card can still use the IGP in decoding etc. Usually they are only 5 to 10 bucks more expensive than their H or P67 counterparts - but offer greater future flexibility from the looks of things. Just make sure the z68 board offers video out and the type you want (most offer only two of the 3 types of outputs (HDMI, DVI, and VGA)

Also look at the AMD 6 cores, that might be a better bet moneywise.
    
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