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Poll Results: i3-3240 + SSD vs i5-2400 + HDD

 
  • 83% (5)
    i3-3240 + SSD
  • 16% (1)
    i5-2400 + HDD
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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Upgrading/building a rig for a slightly older friend of the family, her's is old and blew up. Also this gives me a chance to clear out some of my parts drawer and start to restock.. wink.gif

This rig is more a HTPC / internet box / maybe some web cam/Skype, non gaming rig with dual 1080p monitors. The only question is what CPU and 'system drive' to use, how strong does it have to be. Do I build with an i5-2400 + HDD or do I go with an i3-3240 + SSD.?

Faster boot and response time vs overall strength but slightly slower.?
If not multi-tasking much then the faster clocks and IPC of the i3 (3.4GHz) should be of advantage, do you think depending on task the i3 might be able to compensate.?
The 4C/4T of the i5-2400 sounds good too but a quad will be under utilized.?

I know going with the i5-2400 + SSD is the strongest configuration if I combined the two. Just do not want to go that route..

CPU
MSI Z68MA-ED55 (updated BIOS)
CM Hyper TX3 (dual fans)
8GB DDR3 1600
MSI GTX 550Ti Cyclone
HDD / SSD
HDD
TV-tuner card
Corsair TX550M PSU
CM N200 case

Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.
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post #2 of 6
If you're not gaming you generally don't need an i5, an i3 is more than fast enough for doing all of that, at least if you're not doing it all at once.

SSD would make more sense unless he's storing a lot of files, if just streaming, keep the SSD.
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post #3 of 6
The i3 will be fine. I think you're getting overly worked up about minor differences in performance. The i5-2400 has a turbo frequency of 3.4GHZ and the i3-3240 is an Ivy with Hyper-threading, so the single threaded performance of the i3 is slightly better (like 5-10%), while the parallel performance of the i5 is slightly better (~40%). Realistically speaking, these margins are all very much still on the same ballpark, in the same stadium, etc.


Z68 supports that SSD caching mode as I recall, which you may want to look into in order to simplify the use of the machine. Otherwise consider one of those mechanical+SSD combo drives. I don't know what tech level your friend is ready to deal with as far as drive maintenance is concerned so keeping it simple by letting something in the background manage the SSD may be preferable. It's been my experience that if you leave the drive configuration to be handled manually, most people are going to need about a 256GB or larger SSD to run smoothly in the long haul (typically that will hold everything except media collections, which can go on a mechy drive with less fuss).
     
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post #4 of 6
I would recommend a 60Gb SSD for caching an HDD of your preference, or a sea-gate SSHD. I'm currently using an SSD to cache one of my drives; works great and is plenty fast for normal computer use.
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post #5 of 6
i3-3240 Processor + SSD this choice better specially if he want to watch movies etc.. and the fact you already going 2 monitors then this i3 will help becuase of the internal Gpu, you can make it run 1 monitor and 2nd monitor on the Gtx 550 Ti
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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Went with the i3 and SSD and it runs quite smooth.
Had to update the Intel .inf drivers to get the SATA3 6G speeds, it was stuck in SATA2.
Got a report back about watching Xfinity and Facebook'n @ the same time... rolleyes.gif

Got some props with the family though and some dinner.. biggrin.gif
Cheers.

P.S.
No Virtu or running vid of CPU/iGPU, decided to go straight video card..
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