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okay, i know how people say sandy bridge kicks phenom's ass, but i'd like some REALISTIC advice on how they compare aside from just benchmark numbers.

by realistic i mean speed in everyday tasking. the usual everyday stuff such as internet, school (word/excel), photoshop, music, movies (streaming or hd), and some games (nothing hardcore like crysis ...at least not yet). of course i'm not going to be running extreme programs and pushing them to the max so will i really need that extra performanc?

bottom line: is the 2500k really worth the extra $150 (to ME specifically)?

p.s. i've been a notebook person all my life and for the past 4 months i've been on an asus eeepc 1015pem n550 hooked up to a dell st2320l (because my notebook crashed and i need a machine for school as well so i went with a netbook for convenience and price)
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Coming from an owner of a 955BE... Yes the 2500k smashes it, so much so that the extra cost is worth it. Their have actually been many posts made about this, and in one someone linked to an excellent chart that compared the 2600k, 2500k and 955BE.

Basically the 2600k and 2500k are about the same unless you are using HT, while the 955BE trails by a good 20-30%

But to answer your question is it worth it for you? Well maybe, maybe not, I can run everygame on my rig generally at high graphics settings or maxxed.
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Originally Posted by reyo;13314876 
okay, i know how people say sandy bridge kicks phenom's ass, but i'd like some REALISTIC advice on how they compare aside from just benchmark numbers.

by realistic i mean speed in everyday tasking. the usual everyday stuff such as internet, school (word/excel), photoshop, music, movies (streaming or hd), and some games (nothing hardcore like crysis ...at least not yet). of course i'm not going to be running extreme programs and pushing them to the max so will i really need that extra performanc?

bottom line: is the 2500k really worth the extra $150 (to ME specifically)?

p.s. i've been a notebook person all my life and for the past 4 months i've been on an asus eeepc 1015pem n550 hooked up to a dell st2320l (because my notebook crashed and i need a machine for school as well so i went with a netbook for convenience and price)

I can already tell you that in these areas, you won't care about the difference at all. The usage here is so minimal that you won't see any noticeable gain.
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Coming from and owner of a 965@3.8 and a 2600K@3.4. The I7 crushes it.
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For web browsing, word processing, light gaming and stuff like that you will not benefit from the 2500k's performance. The difference comes with intensive tasks that require raw CPU performance.
    
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I just came from a 1055T @ 4.0 ghz to my 2500k at 4.0 right now with the stock cooler. The SB makes the difference in being able to max a game and not.

Crysis 2: No Change
BC2: slight minimum framerate bump
Homefront: Completely eliminated drops below 30 fps maxed
Crysis: Jumped from average of 20fps to 35fps maxed <
this is the difference between playable and not!!!!
DA2: No change
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Originally Posted by eggs2see;13314912 
Coming from an owner of a 955BE... Yes the 2500k smashes it, so much so that the extra cost is worth it. Their have actually been many posts made about this, and in one someone linked to an excellent chart that compared the 2600k, 2500k and 955BE.

Basically the 2600k and 2500k are about the same unless you are using HT, while the 955BE trails by a good 20-30%

But to answer your question is it worth it for you? Well maybe, maybe not, I can run everygame on my rig generally at high graphics settings or maxxed.

i've already indicated that i don't care about numbers, i want real life examples
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;13314923 
I can already tell you that in these areas, you won't care about the difference at all. The usage here is so minimal that you won't see any noticeable gain.

when do u think a difference will be seen? i might start playin more games
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th;13314924 
Coming from and owner of a 965@3.8 and a 2600K@3.4. The I7 crushes it.

both a step up from my choices!
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic;13314967 
I just came from a 1055T @ 4.0 ghz to my 2500k at 4.0 right now with the stock cooler. The SB makes the difference in being able to max a game and not.

Crysis 2: No Change
BC2: slight minimum framerate bump
Homefront: Completely eliminated drops below 30 fps maxed
Crysis: Jumped from average of 20fps to 35fps maxed <
this is the difference between playable and not!!!!
DA2: No change

so crysis is more demanding than crysis 2?
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Originally Posted by Dissentience;13314927 
For web browsing, word processing, light gaming and stuff like that you will not benefit from the 2500k's performance. The difference comes with intensive tasks that require raw CPU performance.

what exactly is "intensive" task? everytime i ask something everyone's like YEA 2500K IT'S SO MUCH BETTER .... but i don't even know what they do with their pc frown.gif
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what exactly is "intensive" task? everytime i ask something everyone's like YEA 2500K IT'S SO MUCH BETTER .... but i don't even know what they do with their pc frown.gif

Encoding, folding, video editing, working in 3D, etc.
    
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when do u think a difference will be seen? i might start playin more games

It'll be in CPU-intensive tasks like video rendering, Photoshopping (and I mean heavy-duty Photoshopping, not minor things like digital drawing or doing contrast/exposure adjustments on a photograph), or games with high CPU requirements like badly coded games (Crysis, GTA IV) or Physics-heavy games (BFBC2).

To be completely honest, given what you've said so far, it sounds like your usage is extremely light and won't see any sort of performance gain with the 2500k. It is a faster chip, no doubt, but given what you've said I'm not sure your needs will take advantage of the extra performance.

You should fill in your sigrig details so we can see what kind of PC you're running or planning to run, but I'd rather put my money towards a better GPU or monitor.
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Originally Posted by Dissentience;13315150 
Encoding, folding, video editing, working in 3D, etc.
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;13315159 
It'll be in CPU-intensive tasks like video rendering, Photoshopping (and I mean heavy-duty Photoshopping, not minor things like digital drawing or doing contrast/exposure adjustments on a photograph), or games with high CPU requirements like badly coded games (Crysis, GTA IV) or Physics-heavy games (BFBC2).

To be completely honest, given what you've said so far, it sounds like your usage is extremely light and won't see any sort of performance gain with the 2500k. It is a faster chip, no doubt, but given what you've said I'm not sure your needs will take advantage of the extra performance.

You should fill in your sigrig details so we can see what kind of PC you're running or planning to run, but I'd rather put my money towards a better GPU or monitor.

i don't do any of that...except i want to play gta iv and maybe cod or something. the games i play now don't demand much cuz kind of old now (cs 1.6, css, sc2, etc.)

i want to try more fps games
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