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post #1 of 16
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Not 100% What to go with. I only play games/browse the internet.
I have a i7 920 but i'm just going to stick that into a server i'll be building..

Is there much difference at all between the i7 920 & 2500k/2600k?

Anymore information needed, just ask =]

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there is a big difference when comparing the 920 and the 2500k/2600k, but when comparing the 2500k to the 2600k... the difference is really marginal, unless you are using some form of multi-threaded application all the time... then you might see a difference since the 2600k has more cache and hyperthreading

although the 920 is not a bad chip by any means... and i don't think it would be worth it to most people to upgrade if they have to invest in an entire sb system just for gains that can really only be noticeable in synthetic benchmarks
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/18/11 at 11:26am
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post #3 of 16
For gaming and internet, go for the 2500k for sure. The hyperthreading of the 2600k will not help you much, and in the event that HT would help you, like with video encoding, I am guessing that those times would be few. Save the extra money and put it towards a video card.

I am pretty much in the same situation as you as far as usage goes, and I went with the 2500k.
    
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May i ask the difference between the 920 with the 2500k/2600k? And.. Unless a game uses multi-threaded applications then i don't really need if tbh. But even then i doubt i would see such a massive change? Would more cache/hypertheading really improve my gaming experience?

Also, i have a - 570 GTX

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Wait a bit longer, for gaming and browsing you won't notice much of a difference from your 920. Well depending what it's clocked at I guess.
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post #6 of 16
A faster GPU would improve your gaming experience far more than a new CPU.
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post #7 of 16
well sandy bridge is definitely faster clock for clock, but it wont be a massive change... i'd keep that 920 and upgrade your video card instead, otherwise go for the 2500k since you dont need HT for gaming
post #8 of 16
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I'm using the 920 for a server, hense the change. I know that i won't get a massive change but i just want equal or slightly better. Sorry if i didn't make that clear in my OP..

So don't worry about that!

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post #9 of 16
For gaming, faster clock speed is more important than having more threads. I would go with 2500K. Most 2500K's can reach faster clock speeds at lower voltages than the 2600K's due to lack of hyper-threading. But finding a good chip is in the luck of the draw.
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post #10 of 16
If you are only gaming, virtually no difference. 2500K.

Realistically, you don't even need a Sandy Bridge, it's too fast!
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