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2500k and use money saved from 2600k get a better monitor
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2500k and use money saved from 2600k get a better monitor
This. Get a 2nd monitor if you're not already running two. Two monitors will greatly improve your productivity. It's estimated that a 2nd monitor helps workers be 20-30% more productive. I doubt the 2600k will come anywhere close
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2500k and use money saved from 2600k get a better monitor
Yea that was also a possible move.

Even though i mentioned that I would get the 2500k i would still like to see more feedback. Would help me ease my mind that i made the right decision
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288

Perhaps that will help you decide which processor fits your needs




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.
Exactly. It depends on what you are doing with it. CAD programs utilize the HT, I know because I use Pro/Engineer, Solid Works, AutoCAD, etc.

Most games don't use it yet, but nobody can say what games may or may not be using in a year. Once the tech becomes available, it doesn't usually take very long for the software to jump on board.

I'm not going to get into a pissing match over uncertain futures. I'm merely stating my opinion.
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Exactly. It depends on what you are doing with it. CAD programs utilize the HT, I know because I use Pro/Engineer, Solid Works, AutoCAD, etc.

Most games don't use it yet, but nobody can say what games may or may not be using in a year. Once the tech becomes available, it doesn't usually take very long for the software to jump on board.

I'm not going to get into a pissing match over uncertain futures. I'm merely stating my opinion.
As a student though is it necessary to have it though? I understand that it would be helpful but a necessity? I honestly don't know about that which is why I started the thread in the first place.
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As a student though is it necessary to have it though? I understand that it would be helpful but a necessity? I honestly don't know about that which is why I started the thread in the first place.
No, it's not an absolute necessity.
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2500K is fast enough to do all the things you want to do and do them well, especially if you OC.
    
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Keep in mind that most college students prefer to use laptops. Your engineering professors understand that and you won't have any assignments which will make you go "man, I wish I had hyperthreading." I think you're overestimating how much computing power you'll need.

Do what I do when I can't make a decision, just flip a coin. Assign heads to the 2500k and tails to the 2600k. If you feel a little bit disappointed with the result then you know what you want.
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save that 100 dollars and get 2500k
spoken as a mechanical engineering student
catia proengineer acad solidworks and many more run perfectly fine on even the slower processors, i myself have seen little gain in working with those programs by getting a better cpu, i'd say that i could have easily stayed with dual core athlon
the part where you will see real difference is when rendering something
example rendering at 1280x1024, 4min video of assembly of tanker on p4 2.1ghz took a week to complete, athlon dual core @ 2,7ghz did the same work in 12h, sorry didn't have any better at that time to do more rendering just for comparison
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to say again that i myself see no gain that would justify going from old dual core to new faster quad core in programs like autocad, since they all worked perfectly fine before, and i am pretty sure 2500k will do better than athlon @2.7 or my phenom @ 3ghz
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save that 100 dollars and get 2500k
spoken as a mechanical engineering student
catia proengineer acad solidworks and many more run perfectly fine on even the slower processors, i myself have seen little gain in working with those programs by getting a better cpu, i'd say that i could have easily stayed with dual core athlon
the part where you will see real difference is when rendering something
example rendering at 1280x1024, 4min video of assembly of tanker on p4 2.1ghz took a week to complete, athlon dual core @ 2,7ghz did the same work in 12h, sorry didn't have any better at that time to do more rendering just for comparison
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to say again that i myself see no gain that would justify going from old dual core to new faster quad core in programs like autocad, since they all worked perfectly fine before, and i am pretty sure 2500k will do better than athlon @2.7 or my phenom @ 3ghz
You are probably correct. I use the software for a living and any time saved = higher productivity = more money earned.

Also, as a student you are not likely working with huge assembly drawings that have 5000+ components. I can guarantee you will see a huge difference in the performance when you get into that situation. But that's in the professional field, not the field of study.
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