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I heard a lot that the Core i5 2500k is better for gaming, but I could also spend a little more money and get the Core i7 2600k. Running on air with a stock heatsink (will get a replacement fan soon) how far would both CPUs go, as in overclocking? And in your opinion which is better for gaming? I realize I'm in the Intel forum so I'm not going to bring up AMD
post #2 of 13
The i7-2600k is the same as the i5-2500k in gaming, but about 20% more powerful in applications that can take advantage of HT and eight threads.

Get an i5-2500k and a decent cooler, use the rest to upgrade your gpu. The i7 isn't worth it if your focus is gaming.
    
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virtually no game would show any benefit with 2600k over 2500k,

reason is almost no game uses more than 4 threads, and those that use 4 threads already have so much power to use that even if they were coded to use 8 threads, you would see no fps gain

buy the 2500k , unless you plan on doing lots of encoding or something
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The only real difference between the 2 is the lack of hyperthreading on the 2500K.

Here are the two side by side on Intel's compare tool.

http://ark.intel.com/compare/52210,52214

You can see that the 2500K has 4 threads vs the 8 of the 2600K. However, that doesn't really matter in gaming. My 950 has hyperthreading and I never see games utilize it. Just last night I was looking at my task manager while running Mass Effect 2 and it was only utilizing 4 cores. (The other 4 are virtual and were not being used).

The differences in the max graphics frequency don't matter if you are going to be using a dedicated graphics card.
    
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I see that makes sense. So I guess it is true. And depending on the fan that I have I can easily overclock the i5 past 4.0?
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I see that makes sense. So I guess it is true. And depending on the fan that I have I can easily overclock the i5 past 4.0?
Easily. I bumped my 2500k to 4.4 by simply changing the multiplier to 44 and VRM to 350. Nothing else at all, and it's solid as a rock. Max temp with a Kuhler 920 is 56c load. Goes to show how good they are at overclocking!

You'll get 4.0 with the stock sink no worries.
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post #7 of 13
There's no reason to get the 2600k for gaming, unless you plan to do a lot of video editing and stuff on the side or you have money to burn.

4GHz is nothing for the 2500k.
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post #8 of 13
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Well, I will be using After Effects CS5. But I definitely don't have money to burn. I'll also be ordering a GTX 460 or something
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Go for the 2500k. Its what I would do if I had any reason to upgrade.
    
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If you get a good motherboard and a nice cooler, they have auto-OC options to OC to ~4.2 GHz. Anything below 4.5 GHz is an easy OC.
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