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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?
Yes sir!
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I had the money to burn so I just got the 2600k. 2mb extra cache and HT. Even if I don't use it now, I may in the future. My last system, an E6850 lasted over 3 years and when I retired it, still ran most of what I wanted to just fine. This new system should last me another 3 years, so the $100 extra I spent over a 3 year period equaled about 13 cents a day. That won't cause me any grief.

Then again, how long do you plan on keeping your system?
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I had the money to burn so I just got the 2600k. 2mb extra cache and HT. Even if I don't use it now, I may in the future. My last system, an E6850 lasted over 3 years and when I retired it, still ran most of what I wanted to just fine. This new system should last me another 3 years, so the $100 extra I spent over a 3 year period equaled about 13 cents a day. That won't cause me any grief.

Then again, how long do you plan on keeping your system?
Maximum 1,5 - 2 years!
The change with Ivy Bridge, compatible with socket 1155 and chipset series 6 Intel!
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post #14 of 31
If your like me and primarily just game (no folding etc..) then the 2500k is the way to go. No need in spending an extra $100 for features that will not be used. Treat yourself to a new mouse or headset instead
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Exactly how will a 2500k surpass the 2600k in games ?

The I7s have extra cache also and you never know when you might need hyperthreading.
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Exactly how will a 2500k surpass the 2600k in games ?

The I7s have extra cache also and you never know when you might need hyperthreading.

Well if you're on air, you'll likely top out a 2600k with HT on before you'd top out a 2500k.

I couldn't imagine running a 2600k/ht on at 5.4 with air cooling.
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2600k are binned better than 2500k, not might be much, but there is a reason why the cache was cut out.

the 2600 are probably cut more from the center of silicon wafer, heart of silicon is best part of wafer.

2600k seems to clock 100 -200 mhz more at same voltage compared to 2500k.

All that said, not even gta 4 and shogun 2 make my 2500k sweat. For gaming, a 2500k should be sufficient.
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Exactly how will a 2500k surpass the 2600k in games ?

The I7s have extra cache also and you never know when you might need hyperthreading.
It won't. It'll perform exactly the same, while costing $100 more. And yes, if you ever need 8 threads you'll know beforehand.
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2600k are binned better than 2500k, not might be much, but there is a reason why the cache was cut out.

the 2600 are probably cut more from the center of silicon wafer, heart of silicon is best part of wafer.

2600k seems to clock 100 -200 mhz more at same voltage compared to 2500k.

All that said, not even gta 4 and shogun 2 make my 2500k sweat. For gaming, a 2500k should be sufficient.
Actually it is the other way around 2500k needs less voltage than a 2600k at the same given oc "usually" unless you disable the hp of the 2600k.

2500k runs cooler aswell
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Actually it is the other way around 2500k needs less voltage than a 2600k at the same given oc "usually" unless you disable the hp of the 2600k.

2500k runs cooler aswell
From what i've seen this is the case, obviously thier are as always some that buck the trend, for every guy who ends up not being able to hit 4.5ghz @ any voltage there is a lucky SOB who can hit 5.4 @ 1.4v nature of the beast, overclocking is as much about luck as anything else ^^
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