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CPU for DIY SFF?

Discussion in 'Computers and Internet Geekland' started by maxd, Sep 8, 2015.

    Sep 8, 2015
  1. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Posted this on f-book but thought the CM faithful might have good thoughts on the subject too ..

    .. got a question for the tech-heads out there. I'm thinking of building a NUC or some equivalent: SFF box (the smaller the better), fanless, upgradeable, etc. Thing is I don't want it to be gutless, it'll need to handle Photoshop and suchlike. This won't be a gaming machine, pure workstation stuff. Obviously thinking something low-wattage, mid-range CPU Mark, etc.

    Any recommendations what Intel processors I should be looking at, assuming this is a DIY project (or some portion thereof)? Budget for the CPU is roughly £250 or thereabouts.

    FWIW I'm thinking 8-16gb RAM, prob a 1-2tb SSD, 2K monitor, external PSU if at all possible. The box can run a bit warm (cooling fins, etc) but there won't be a huge amount of air circulation.
     
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  3. randomiam

    randomiam Meister Member

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    mini itx is best

    If you want guts go mini itx mobo you can get compact cases ect you will be paying twice as much for a nuc of same power or less power
     
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  5. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Thanks, sounds good to me, any thoughts on CPU choice?
     

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