Originally Posted by reyo
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 $150 (to ME specifically)?
p.s. i've been a notebook person all my life and for the past 4 months i've been on an asus eeepc 1015pem n550 hooked up to a dell st2320l (because my notebook crashed and i need a machine for school as well so i went with a netbook for convenience and price)
I didn't bother to read the rest of the thread.
For the activities you have listed, an Athlon II x4 @3Ghz will perform EXACTLY the same as a Core i7 2600k @5Ghz. (I'd even say Ath II x2, but lets not go that low)
No, you do NOT
need to spend the extra 400$, if you don't do anything CPU intensive on your PC. You will Not see a difference.
Whoever says otherwise is a fanboy newb