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post #1 of 31
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Hi all,
I Want a suggestion to decide which of the two CPUs to take.
My use would be for gaming in SLI with dual 560 or 570!
Also to internet use, light work (Office, Paint)!
I am a little undecided!
Enough a 2500k oC to check the SLI?
I have advantages with Hyper threading in games?

Thanks for the replies.
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post #2 of 31
either will do a great job OC'd
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post #3 of 31
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Originally Posted by Myrmeleon View Post
Hi all,

I have advantages with Hyper threading in games?
hyperthreading will do nothing for you in games - the 2600k and the 2500k perform almost identically with similar clocks, each one beating the other in different tests.

it sounds like the 2500k would be your best bet, and I would only recommend the 2600k to people who do encoding, rendering, folding, or other heavy number crunching tasks.
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post #4 of 31
2500k is already overkill for gaming. All the 2600 gets you is hyperthreading, which is at best a 20% improvement.

Also the 2500 overclocks just as well as, or maybe better than the 2600k.
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post #5 of 31
If you do not know you need a 2600k then you dont need one, for gaming a 2500k is likely going to outperform a 2600k anyway as HT does nothing for you in games.

save those $ and put them into buying the 570 over the 560 or whatever.
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post #6 of 31
Definitely go with the 2500K. You'll get a higher OC out of it with lower Vcore. And put the other $100 towards an SSD you will see HUGE gains.
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post #7 of 31
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Thanks for the replies!
I'm really oriented getting a Sandy Bridge along with a mobo Asus Z68 PRO!
Then I read that with a simple flash of the bios you can also install the cpu Ivy Bridge to 22 nm that will be released next year!
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Definitely go with the 2500K. You'll get a higher OC out of it with lower Vcore. And put the other $100 towards an SSD you will see HUGE gains.
I already have a Corsair F60 SSD and the improvements are indeed remarkable!
Then, the 2500k is really good for SLI!
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post #9 of 31
Get the 2500k for gaming. 2600k is just a 2500k with HT. HT doesn't do anything for gaming unless in the future games support more than 4 cores/threads but that won't happen anytime soon; barely any games support more than 2 cores. Save the money and spend it on a good psu. If you go the SLI 560 route, try to find the 2gb version. More games coming out are very video ram hungry, yes even at 1920x1080. BTW I thought that you could use some Ivy chips with 1155?
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post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Myrmeleon View Post
Thanks for the replies!
I'm really oriented getting a Sandy Bridge along with a mobo Asus Z68 PRO!
Then I read that with a simple flash of the bios you can also install the cpu Ivy Bridge to 22 nm that will be released next year!
I believe intel is doing that with all chipsets because they are all on the 1155 socket. But that will indeed be helpful when we want an upgrade.

For sure the 2500K. Your GPUs will either max out the FPS or be the bottleneck, this CPU is a little BEAST
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