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Right now I'm just trimming off some of the fat of the upgrades i want to purchase next month but I've encountered a dilemma. The everlasting question that will never die. I would like to hear more feedback which is why i created another thread. Heres the situation.

So I'm currently an engineering student heading into my third year. The bulk of of my courses will be dealing a lot with engineering programs that I will be using in the field, arcgis, autoCAD, Workstation, Matlab, etc. Of course I will be doing homework on this computer (in sig) but i was wondering if the performance increase from the 2600k will really warrant the extra $100 given the fact that I'm a college student and funds are pretty tight. What I don't know is if the mentioned programs will benefit from hyperthreading.

Feedback would be appreciated.
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Programs like CAD will benefit from the extra 4 cores. If you put a 2500k vs a 2600k in CAD the i7 will show its true colors. As where the i5 doesn't have hyper threading it you won't benefit as much vs the 2600k.
 
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The newer AutoCADs should definitely be multithreaded. As for Matlab, it depends on which modules you're using. Many of the modules do support multithreading, but not all.

Is it worth the $100? The 2500k is already blazing fast.. you'll probably save a few minutes here or there (on large files/calculations), but I'd personally go with the 2500k and spend the $100 elsewhere

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Is it worth the $100? The 2500k is already blazing fast.. you'll probably save a few minutes here or there (on large files/calculations), but I'd personally go with the 2500k and spend the $100 elsewhere
I concur, the minimal amount of time saved (especially after overclocking) isn't worth the extra 50% cost.
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Intel Xeon?
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Programs like CAD will benefit from the extra 4 cores. If you put a 2500k vs a 2600k in CAD the i7 will show its true colors. As where the i5 doesn't have hyper threading it you won't benefit as much vs the 2600k.
You're not gaining 4 extra cores, you're only getting HT+a larger cache.

That being said, a lot of the CPU intensive professional programs are shifting to the GPU for the number crunching. I survived all of my engineering classes with a 3.8Ghz Xeon x3350 without any problems at all. You really don't need a 2600k for that unless you're also encoding a 1080P movie in the background
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2500k it is then! +rep for Dustin1, r34p3rex, nezzarix, and technodanvan

Thank you very much for the great feedback. Overclock.net never fails!
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Personally I'd get the 2600k. The hyper-threading will definitely help. Everyone here is guessing at the time it will save. But even a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour pretty fast and an hour is a lifetime to a college student loaded down with homework. For gaming it doesn't matter much, yet, but this is exactly the stuff the 2600k was made for.

We overclock our processors risking it's life and voiding it's warranty. But people will get an inferior cpu to save $100 on a $3,000 rig? I don't follow that logic.
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Personally I'd get the 2600k. The hyper-threading will definitely help. Everyone here is guessing at the time it will save. But even a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour pretty fast and an hour is a lifetime to a college student loaded down with homework. For gaming it doesn't matter much, yet, but this is exactly the stuff the 2600k was made for.

We overclock our processors risking it's life and voiding it's warranty. But people will get an inferior cpu to save $100 on a $3,000 rig? I don't follow that logic.
because as a college student that extra $100 can help pay for groceries, pay my electric and internet bill for the month, or contribute to my rent.
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288

Perhaps that will help you decide which processor fits your needs


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Originally Posted by Phantom_Dave View Post
Personally I'd get the 2600k. The hyper-threading will definitely help. Everyone here is guessing at the time it will save. But even a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour pretty fast and an hour is a lifetime to a college student loaded down with homework. For gaming it doesn't matter much, yet, but this is exactly the stuff the 2600k was made for.

We overclock our processors risking it's life and voiding it's warranty. But people will get an inferior cpu to save $100 on a $3,000 rig? I don't follow that logic.
Not everyone needs HT + a larger cache, it depends on what you're doing with it. I can take that 100 dollars saved and invest it in better cooling which results in higher frequencies and better performance.
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