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Ok, I'm still in the stone age with my Q6600, and I'm helping a friend build a new computer that will be used for photo and video editting. He showed me a bundle with an i7 960 in it, and knowing that bundles are rarely a good buy for those who can mix and match, I promised to do him one better. I know the i7 2600K should beat it by a good margin (right?), but how does the i5 2400 fit in? Would the 2600K bury it? I guess I'm a bit unclear on the differences between the i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge quads, and how it translates to real world performance. He is not overclocking, and will only rarely use it for gaming.

Considering pairing the i5 or i7 with an MSI P67 ATX board.
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Get a good MSI board, and not the 4phase ones. 2500k is worth the extra cash than the 2400, as the 2400 can barely overclock. I suggest getting a 2500k as 2600k is for video editing pretty much.
    
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Get a good MSI board, and not the 4phase ones. 2500k is worth the extra cash than the 2400, as the 2400 can barely overclock. I suggest getting a 2500k as 2600k is for video editing pretty much.

Did you read my post? He IS video editing, and he is NOT overclocking.
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Did you read my post? He IS video editing, and he is NOT overclocking.

Opps, sorry barely read. Well get him a 2600 non-k then. It's the best for video that you listed. The 970 would be the best for video though.
    
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Opps, sorry barely read. Well get him a 2600 non-k then. It's the best for video that you listed. The 970 would be the best for video though.

Why non K? Also, I'm well aware that the 2600K is the best of the three listed, I would like to know opinions as to whether the 2600K is worth the extra $135 over the i5 2400 (or if the 2600 is worth the extra $120 over the i5 2400). Is he really going to see real world performance to justify an extra 40% cost?
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Why non K? Also, I'm well aware that the 2600K is the best of the three listed, I would like to know opinions as to whether the 2600K is worth the extra $135 over the i5 2400 (or if the 2600 is worth the extra $120 over the i5 2400). Is he really going to see real world performance to justify an extra 40% cost?

The k version is for overclocking, while the non-k isn't. The k ones just have an unlocked multi. The 2600 is well worth it if he is video editing.
    
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because the K simply means it unlocked, so you can overclock.....
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Why non K? Also, I'm well aware that the 2600K is the best of the three listed, I would like to know opinions as to whether the 2600K is worth the extra $135 over the i5 2400 (or if the 2600 is worth the extra $120 over the i5 2400). Is he really going to see real world performance to justify an extra 40% cost?

Because you said he wasn't going to overclock. Spend $15 less and get the non-k 2600.
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I would get one of the Asus p67 boards or the ASrock extreme 4 like I have. They are both going to be better quality and last longer than any MSI board ever will
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Why non K? Also, I'm well aware that the 2600K is the best of the three listed, I would like to know opinions as to whether the 2600K is worth the extra $135 over the i5 2400 (or if the 2600 is worth the extra $120 over the i5 2400). Is he really going to see real world performance to justify an extra 40% cost?

Since he is into video editing, I think the 2600k is worth it. Even if he won't overclock, but the k is not that much more and the ability to overclock may extend the useful life of the cpu. I wouldn't even consider the 960 at this time. Maybe the 970 for a total of 12 cores with hyoerthteading. However, that's more money you don't need to spend on a platform that's going away.
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