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So I have an opportunity to get a brand new 2600k for $200. Now from the benchmarks I've read it doesn't offer noticeable advantage in gaming performance over the 2500k ($180 where I live). I don't do any heavy multithreading applications beyond gaming so I was wondering if it would even be worth it for me to get the 2600k.

Thanks for any replies.
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For an extra $20 I see no reason to not get the 2600K. Sure its not that much better for gaming purposes, however in the end you are still getting a better cpu for hardly any more money.
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post #3 of 8
20$ difference between 2500k and 2600k.
Go for 2600k. You can disable hyperthreading and OC it as mush as you can with 2500k.
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Originally Posted by tallshortguy View Post
So I have an opportunity to get a brand new 2600k for $200. Now from the benchmarks I've read it doesn't offer noticeable advantage in gaming performance over the 2500k ($180 where I live). I don't do any heavy multithreading applications beyond gaming so I was wondering if it would even be worth it for me to get the 2600k.

Thanks for any replies.
If it's $200n go for it.
i5 is enough for gaming and extra $100 isn't worth to get i7 just to game but you can get it for $100 less so why not?
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For the extra 20$ I don't see why not and get essentially an extra 4 threads. You may not need it now but you never know what the future may have in store.
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Hmm well thanks for the advice guys. I was planning on waiting for BD so I could either get that or a price dropped SB but I doubt BD can offer 2600k performance at $200 (possibly gaming wise though).

Can anyone explain why the 2500k is so close in gaming performance, is it just that games don't take advantage of HT?
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Get the 2600K, it also has a little more cache as far as I know.
Plus, the 2600K will sell better if you decide to sell it down the line and with a difference of only $20 you could probably make that back if you do go to sell it.

Edit: I think BD's single core performance will be below that of SB* but it should beat it in multi-threaded apps if AMD have done it right.
The problem is most games don't use over four cores yet which is the reason the 2500K is as good as the 2600K as well. (Well, that and both are fast enough that performance with one of them in your system comes down to what graphics card you're running. Both K series SBs are monstrous for gaming when overclocked)

Edit again: The * means it's just my opinion, not based on much. Also any of the three is likely to play games well.
Edited by Mike-IRL - 8/6/11 at 11:07am
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Mike-IRL View Post
Get the 2600K, it also has a little more cache as far as I know.
Plus, the 2600K will sell better if you decide to sell it down the line and with a difference of only $20 you could probably make that back if you do go to sell it.

Edit: I think BD's single core performance will be below that of SB* but it should beat it in multi-threaded apps if AMD have done it right.
The problem is most games don't use over four cores yet which is the reason the 2500K is as good as the 2600K as well. (Well, that and both are fast enough that performance with one of them in your system comes down to what graphics card you're running. Both K series SBs are monstrous for gaming when overclocked)

Edit again: The * means it's just my opinion, not based on much. Also any of the three is likely to play games well.
Thanks, it is definitely reassuring I could get good resale value with my 2600k if BD turns out to be a monster.

BTW, can anyone recommend a good and not too expensive air cooler for the 2600k? I hear it gets pretty hot when OC'ing on the stock cooler.
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