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This is not an OC question. One of my friends wants to get back into programming (his first job out of college was programming, largely in assembly language; this was thirty years ago; he's been a practicing attorney since and not had any experience with any of the new languages developed since that time). He currently has a standard desktop which is fine for office work and Internet but is lacking in terms of compiling complex programs. I've offered to build him a new PC but need to know whether it makes sense to get an i5 or i7 CPU at the outset since he doesn't know whether this will just be a hobby or lead to something serious. He doesn't do any gaming and probably won't do any programming that is graphically intense (3D emulations, etc) so on board Intel video is fine. I'm looking at a micro ATX build and am currently agnostic on Ivy Bridge vs. Haswell.

Any thoughts from the community would be welcome.
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This is not an OC question. One of my friends wants to get back into programming (his first job out of college was programming, largely in assembly language; this was thirty years ago; he's been a practicing attorney since and not had any experience with any of the new languages developed since that time). He currently has a standard desktop which is fine for office work and Internet but is lacking in terms of compiling complex programs. I've offered to build him a new PC but need to know whether it makes sense to get an i5 or i7 CPU at the outset since he doesn't know whether this will just be a hobby or lead to something serious. He doesn't do any gaming and probably won't do any programming that is graphically intense (3D emulations, etc) so on board Intel video is fine. I'm looking at a micro ATX build and am currently agnostic on Ivy Bridge vs. Haswell.

Any thoughts from the community would be welcome.

If he isn't doing anything intensive then I would say even an i3 would be okay unless he plans on making something that could utilize more cores.

Out of the two choices. Since he's not gaming or doing any video editing the i5 makes a lot more sense because he won't need the 4 extra threads unless he's building a program to support more than 4 cores/threads.
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I wouldn't see any reason to get an i7 unless he ends up doing rendering of any kind. You would want an i5-4670K with a MSI Z87M-G43 Motherboard if you want a Micro ATX build. This should be a nice setup for him and last him for quite some time. You can always run the stock cooler that comes with the CPU but if you want to OC then you may want to upgrade that to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO but make sure it will fit in your case. I'm assuming that since you are building a Micro ATX board then you will have a smaller case.
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Thanks to both of you. I'm also thinking of an i5 as well since he really just wants to write some financial analysis programs that go beyond what can be done in Excel. I doubt that he even knows what OC is! Still it might be nice just to preserve the option since it's not all that much of a cost factor. I will use either the Fractal Designs Arc Mini or the Silverstone Temjin TJ08-e case (my workstation is in the FD Arc Midi R2 and I really like the case but I need to see what room he has for a case and what preferences he might have). Both can take the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo cooler
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