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So i'm getting ready to build my dad a gaming computer. He sees mine and needs one now. My question is should I get him a 2600k or just a 3.7ghz Ph 2 X4? I won't be able to maintain or help him when something goes wrong so i don't want to do any overclocking or tweaking. I just want the best gaming performance possible for the money. I know the i7 really shines because you can overclock the heck out of that thing but without overclocking at all would it make sense to spend an extra 120 bucks on a i7? or just go with a 980be and leave it stock at 3.7ghz.

Please no fanboyism and just realistic opinions. The motherboard i would get for the AMD will be able to run AM3+ CPU's as well for an upgrade later.
post #2 of 33
What kind of games is he playing? Need a bit more information.
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For gaming get the 2500k a 2600k is an overkill for gaming and a waste of money
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What kind of games is he playing? Need a bit more information.
The only real game right now would be need for speed and BF3 otherwise some of his old favs. BF2, delta force and tons of flight sims.
post #5 of 33
AMD would be the smart one to get.


Pair it with an AM3+ motherboard and you are set for a good 2-3 years.
post #6 of 33
If he is a non techy he wont be using the power of the 2600k most likely. If you want a gaming rig for him just build with an i5 2500k with a p67 or h67 mobo. Since you are not overclocking there is no real reason to go with a super expensive mobo either.
post #7 of 33
I would get the 2500 not k. You don't really need the 2600 for gaming and the 2500 is 100 bucks cheaper, and if you're not going to overclock there's no point in getting the k version
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AMD would be the smart one to get.


Pair it with an AM3+ motherboard and you are set for a good 2-3 years.
Thats what i'm thinking but i just need everyones opinion. I'm going to get him the same board as I have which as (2)16x PCI-e slots that both run at 16x and has 8xx series chipset which was annouced by ASUS as getting the AM3+ update. So I'll get us both Bulldozers in the future.
post #9 of 33
I would just go with the 2500 non-K as stated above, and then go with an ASRock or ASUS P67 board of the smaller variety to save some cash (since you won't be Crossfiring or anything, it sounds like).
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I would get the 2500 not k. You don't really need the 2600 for gaming and the 2500 is 100 bucks cheaper, and if you're not going to overclock there's no point in getting the k version
Isn't it only like 10$ difference between 2500 and 2500k? Seems like a waste to buy the locked one
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