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i7 2600k or i5 2500k

post #1 of 9
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Hi,
I'm here helping a friend with a computer that he's planning on building and I don't know what processor he should get for gaming?

Thanks
post #2 of 9
Just gaming?? 2500k for sure, if he is doing any rendering or things like that, the 2600k is what he wants.
post #3 of 9
For gaming mainly i5 2500k hands down. The only difference between the processors is hyperthreading. Unless he's doing encoding and other CPU intensive programs, for gaming you would shut off hyperthreading on the 2600k anyway and overclock.
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post #4 of 9
2500K = pure gaming
2600K = gaming + video stuff like editing, rendering etc
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post #5 of 9
Agree
2500k is more then enough for gaming as is 4GB RAM
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post #6 of 9
2500K and put the $100 towards the GFX card.
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post #7 of 9
Agreed with all the above posters: 2500K is more than enough for any games we play, and OC nicely.

(now, if he folds...well...a 2600k might be a nice contribution to our team [though it is possible to bigadv on a 2500k and people here will help him] )
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mgrman View Post
2500K and put the $100 towards the GFX card.
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post #9 of 9
For gaming? Add another notch in the i5-2500k slot. The i7 is only better if you are video editing, save the $100.

I disagree about the 4GB of ram thing farther up.... ram is so cheap now it is worth spending a whopping $60 on 2x4GB.
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