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Hi, I don't know much about Intel, nor do I visit OCN that much anymore :/ ...

I'm doing a build for a friend, he doesn't overclock what so ever... so I was thinking save money and get a 2500 vs a more expensive 2500k?

As I am almost positive the only difference is the K has an unlocked multiplier? No other performance increase with the K?

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yup a 2500 is fine, as long as he doesnt plan to OC a lot. Ive heard of people OCing on a 2500 though.
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The regular 2500 can be overclocked to 3.7 GHz I believe (the limit of its turbo boost) Beyond that, it's extremely limited. If he isn't an enthusiast, then the regular one will do great.
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Right, the only difference is that the (k) is one is easily overclockable.

Although, on Newegg, the difference between the k and the non-k is only like $10. But then you gotta buy compatible mobos, etc....
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post #5 of 11
If your friend has any plans on OCing, tell him to go with the 2500K. The 2500 non-K has a locked multiplier so OCing is almost impossible. The only way people actually do it is by increasing the FSB clock speed and putting the entire rig at risk, especially since the SB CPUs are designed for multiplier-based OCing only.
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definately get the 2500k because the price difference is tiny in comparison too the resell value you will lose.

Also he will probably end up kicking himself in the future if he starts an interest in computers. for $10 more, you can have a chip that will at least overclock too 4.5ghz, more then half of them reach 5ghz, and you have a chance of getting a golden chip which you can just sell for more then you paid for it. Even if he never overclocks, in the future a i5 2500k will be worth a lot more then a 2500, because they pretty much made these chips for overclocking and thats what people buy them for.
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Right, the only difference is that the (k) is one is easily overclockable.

Although, on Newegg, the difference between the k and the non-k is only like $10. But then you gotta buy compatible mobos, etc....
What did you mean by compatible motherboards??? Theres more to compatibility than just the socket type?
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What did you mean by compatible motherboards??? Theres more to compatibility than just the socket type?
The only thing with compatibility is with the K series. You need a P67 or Z68 board to overclock with.

If he's just getting the regular 2500, he can get the cheaper H61 boards and be fine. He would probably also be just fine with a simple i3, as they're more than fast enough even at bone stock (2 core / 4 threads).
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definately get the 2500k because the price difference is tiny in comparison too the resell value you will lose.

Also he will probably end up kicking himself in the future if he starts an interest in computers. for $10 more, you can have a chip that will at least overclock too 4.5ghz, more then half of them reach 5ghz, and you have a chance of getting a golden chip which you can just sell for more then you paid for it. Even if he never overclocks, in the future a i5 2500k will be worth a lot more then a 2500, because they pretty much made these chips for overclocking and thats what people buy them for.
+1 for the price 2500k all the way. It Not worth trying to save 10-20 bucks.
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post #10 of 11
if your friend have no plans to overclock at all and wants to save money, go with 2400,2300 or the i3s. 2500 vs 2500k is only a $10 difference and it's not much of a saving at all and your friend is just missing out a ton of potential gains by not going 2500k.
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