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I'm on the fence between the i5 and the i7.. I bought a i5 at MicroCenter a few days ago. But haven't opened it as I'm waiting on my P67 Pro to get here. I want to know if I made the right decision.

I REALLY want to know. Of course it is all personal preference weather the $100 is worth it or not. I know the only difference is Hyper Threading and +2MB Cache.

Info about what I'll be using HT for:
I run a small YouTube channel. That I'm hoping will get bigger. With my Q6600.. it takes FOREVER to render these videos out.

...So yeah, I do a bit of video editing in Sony Vegas 64bit. And I'd love to teach myself Maxon Cinema 4D. Or at least have the option of learning it and having renders render fast. I have the full Adobe CS5 suite and I'd really like to get into the 3D renders and making my YT channel successful. (sorta)

I'll also be recording PC gameplay. With PlayClaw I think this could help my performance in the game. As well as the compression of files after I am done recording. This could greatly reduce compression times, am I right?

Anyways, help greatly appreciated!
Also, I want to sell my Q6600 and Mobo after I upgrade so I can make up for some losses.
Edited by WuLF - 5/15/11 at 4:10pm
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2600K for $250 before tax, it says good for 7 days tongue.gif

The 2600K will definitely shine in any highly threaded application. It is an even better investment when you can catch it on sale for $250 or so!
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the 2600 k for what u do
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2600K for $250 before tax, it says good for 7 days tongue.gif

The 2600K will definitely shine in any highly threaded application. It is an even better investment when you can catch it on sale for $250 or so!

OP, do this! It's only $25 more than the 2500K and HyperThreading will definitely help you in video encoding.
    
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2600k for sure with video editing, it is a much better processor. Make sure you get the 2600k and not the 2600 when you are shopping.
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I have the same question as OP. But, I do not have enough money to buy to get this deal. BY the time I do, it will be over, so the question becomes 180-200 for the 2500k, or 350 for the 2600k?

I am coming from an Athlon x4. I mostly play video games, and I plan on ocing to 4Ghz.
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Originally Posted by iball;13511656 
I have the same question as OP. But, I do not have enough money to buy to get this deal. BY the time I do, it will be over, so the question becomes 180-200 for the 2500k, or 350 for the 2600k?

I am coming from an Athlon x4. I mostly play video games, and I plan on ocing to 4Ghz.

If you're mostly gaming, the 2500k should suit you perfectly from what I gather. Any reason you're upgrading from the x4 though? Are you noticing a CPU bottleneck at all to warrant it? If not, I would probably wait for a later chipset and processor.
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@op, It sounds like you would benefit from going with the 2600k since you do video rendering. Get the 2600k.
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Originally Posted by MooCwzRck;13511687 
If you're mostly gaming, the 2500k should suit you perfectly from what I gather. Any reason you're upgrading from the x4 though? Are you noticing a CPU bottleneck at all to warrant it? If not, I would probably wait for a later chipset and processor.

Call me a noob but I thought that the intel i series have multi/hyper threading and AMD's do not. I am using the lowest end of X4 chips. I am completely turning away from AMD due to the huge list of negative expireinces I have had with them. I want to try Intel chips. This summer i am redoing my entire build. Starting with a new case (haf 932 or Phantom..whichever is better, I can't decide to keep my hyper 212+ or get an H50 for water cooling for the 4Ghz oc).

As for bottleneck, everything is a bottleneck on my build. Rather than replacing parts that might be defective or whatever, I just want to start over and build a much better e-penis. What CPu should I wait for.
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2500K with SSD vs 2600K without SSD. :3
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