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My friend has an HD 5870 and is planning to get a new system. He's decided to get the i5 2500k and a P67 mobo. I was wondering whether it is absolutely necessary to get the 2500K to get the best performance. I mean will gaming performance differ that much between a 2500K, the 2500 non K and an i3 SB? He plays a lot of FPS, RPG and RTS games such as Crysis, SCII and Dragon Age. He plans to game at 1920*1080.
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Pandoras Box
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NV57H
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
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Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
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Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
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Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
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post #2 of 5
There's no need for a 2500k for ordinary gaming, but it has far more overclocking ability than the 2500 due to the unlocked clock multiplier. However, it's $15 more and P67/Z68 motherboards are more expensive than H67 boards. You'd have to decide whether the performance margin is worth the cost.

Personally, I would be happy with even a new i3, but if your friend feels an overclockable quad-core is necessary the 2500k is the way to go.
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Lol If your not willing to pay $15 more for ability to oc what are you even doing on this site

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post #4 of 5
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That's what I wanted, some information about gaming performance(Difference in FPS) on the 2500K and P67 vs. the 2500 and H67.
First build
(13 items)
 
Pandoras Box
(13 items)
 
NV57H
(6 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
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some piece of junk... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2310M HM65 Intel HD 3000 6 GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOS
750 GB Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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First build
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Pandoras Box
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NV57H
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 BE 4.0GHz @ 1.385V ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Gigabyte 650 Ti boost Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz Seagate Barracuda 160GB  Samsung Noctua NH-D14 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer X223W Corsair VX550 Cooler Master Elite 430 TT E-Sports Theron 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Portal 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E7500 @2.93 GHz Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Gigabyte HD 4650 2x 2 GB TwinMOS @ 800MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Samsung SyncMaster 943 18.5" Stock 450W 
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some piece of junk... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2310M HM65 Intel HD 3000 6 GB DDR3 
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750 GB Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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post #5 of 5
There wouldn't be a big difference... it's more about the principle of it. Another thing to keep in mind is that P67 would let your friend add another 5870 or different SLI/CFX setup down the road.
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