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Poll Results: i5 2500k or i7 2500k? Keep in mind the budget.

 
  • 84% (22)
    i5 2500k
  • 15% (4)
    i7 2500k
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post #1 of 15
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I've always been a PC, but i recently made the switch from windows, to linux/unix, and now I'm on Mac osX 10.7 Lion (2011 MacBook Pro). I like PC gaming more than console gaming, and my Mac runs games amazing with the Windows 7 dual boot, but I don't want Windows on my Macbook. My mac is for school and my internships. So, I want to build a good gaming rig for around $1000. I don't have a problem going over $1000, but I'd like to keep it under budget if possible. I know I want a 2500k CPU, but I haven't decided on i7 or i5 yet. Yes, I will be overclocking. My Macbook can run Crysis 1 and 2 both at max settings, so I want this build to be able to do the same, or better. Thanks in advance for the help.
    
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post #2 of 15
Just a FYI.. i5 is the 2500k. i7 is the 2600k.
 
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post #3 of 15
will you do any multimedia task such as video editing, photo editing, or music production? if no, then 2500k would be fine. If yes, then 2600k.
post #4 of 15
Moved to Intel General.
The i7 includes HyperThreading to sim 8 threads, but this is usually very ineffective unless maybe you fold BIGADV. I say not worth an extra $100.
post #5 of 15
As stated above there is only the i5-2500k versus i7-2600k.

And if that's what you are deciding between, you definitely only need a i5-2500k for a $1000 gaming rig. Unless you plan on doing heavy encoding work (video editing, graphic design, etc) there is no need for the added benefits that an i7-2600k's extra cores provide.

The extra money could go towards better parts.
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post #6 of 15
i5 2500k. You wouldn't benefit much from an i7 and the extra $100 could be much better spend elsewhere.
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i5 2500K with 8gb of gskill ram,
asus motherboard
GTX 570
corsair 650 watt psu
haf 932 or nzxt phantom
1tb WD hard drive and an OCZ vertex 2 SSD


if you want me to actually give you links to all the stuff I would pick out just let me know. but that is a good place to start.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
i5 2500K with 8gb of gskill ram,
asus motherboard
GTX 570
corsair 650 watt psu
haf 932 or nzxt phantom
1tb WD hard drive and an OCZ vertex 2 SSD


if you want me to actually give you links to all the stuff I would pick out just let me know. but that is a good place to start.
I agree with this. But I'd get a Spinpoint F3 1TB rather than a WD, and maybe a less expensive case (139.99$ is a ridiculous price for a case.)
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post #9 of 15
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I agree with this. But I'd get a Spinpoint F3 1TB rather than a WD, and maybe a less expensive case (139.99$ is a ridiculous price for a case.)
well cases are very objective, so those were just my two cases that I like. But he can get anything he wants.

I also agree, you can get either the WD black, or the F3, but I would get the WD only because of the known reliability, and because of the 5 year warranty.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by vitality View Post
Just a FYI.. i5 is the 2500k. i7 is the 2600k.
My bad. I forgot they dropped the i7 2500k before the Sandy Bridge releases. Shows how long I've been on Mac eh? But anyways, isn't the main difference just the hyper threading?
    
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