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2500k or 2600k for editing HD video?

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I have a friend who has saved up $1000 for a video editing rig. Although I don't plan on building it for a month or two, it would be nice to have some information as I have never worked with Intel boards or CPU's.

So I hear that if you are purely gaming, a 2500k is enough. What about if you are editing HD video? Would a 2600k be a better option?

What about Intel Xeon CPU's? Would those be better for a rig like this?

I haven't started looking at all, so I just want some basic information.
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I would say pick up a 2600k, The 2500k is a great chip but its great for gaming where as the 2600k with a stable oc will do great for some editing and the xeon is probs a little overkill imo
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I have a friend who has saved up $1000 for a video editing rig. Although I don't plan on building it for a month or two, it would be nice to have some information as I have never worked with Intel boards or CPU's.

So I hear that if you are purely gaming, a 2500k is enough. What about if you are editing HD video? Would a 2600k be a better option?

What about Intel Xeon CPU's? Would those be better for a rig like this?

I haven't started looking at all, so I just want some basic information.
Yes, the only reason to get a 2600k over 2500k is if you do heavy and CPU intensive video editing like your friend. Hyperthreading and more cache definitely helps when it comes to this segment.
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I believe many video editing and rendering programs are multithreaded meaning the hyperthreading of the 2600K will be put to good use. I say go with the 2600K.
    
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I would say pick up a 2600k, The 2500k is a great chip but its great for gaming where as the 2600k with a stable oc will do great for some editing and the xeon is probs a little overkill imo
Forgot to mention that I will not be overclocking the computer. I don't want to risk ruining anything since I have never OC'd a CPU before.

Also, would "overkill" really be the right word to use in this situation? He is tired of using an old laptop with a Core 2 Duo CPU to edit HD video. I mean, the faster the better, isn't it?

GPU performance really won't be an issue here. I could just pick up something cheap, like a HD 6770.
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2600k seems to be the clear choice here unless you think that with the budget of a 1000 dollars he is better off spending $100 less on the processor to the benefit of the other components since the 2500k isn't that much slower for most video editing at the same clockspeeds.

He might get a far larger overall benefit from spending those $100 on a SSD or a better GPU for example.

It's all about getting the most bang for your budget at the end of the day, I figure at least.
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Forgot to mention that I will not be overclocking the computer. I don't want to risk ruining anything since I have never OC'd a CPU before.

Also, would "overkill" really be the right word to use in this situation? He is tired of using an old laptop with a Core 2 Duo CPU to edit HD video. I mean, the faster the better, isn't it?

GPU performance really won't be an issue here. I could just pick up something cheap, like a HD 6770.
Ah well the 2600k is still plenty without any oc.

Imho There is no real point getting a xeon the i7 is plenty for editiing.

He will defo see a vast improvement from going from a core 2 duo,

Faster is better but so is price and stablity and with the right p67 mobo it will be plenty
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Well if you won't be overclocking than i don't see a point in buying the K version. But think it over tell the person that overclocking will give him much better performance, and OCing nowadays is so easy that if you know what you're doing you can't fail.
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Well if you won't be overclocking than i don't see a point in buying the K version. But think it over tell the person that overclocking will give him much better performance, and OCing nowadays is so easy that if you know what you're doing you can't fail.
It's not him, it's me. I don't feel comfortable OCing someone else's PC, let alone mine.

Thanks for all of the suggestions people, 2600k it is.
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