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Hop from I3 2100 to I5 2500K?

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For now, I wont be able to overclock, because of my stupid H67 board, but that is besides the point. This holiday season, I want to jump ship onto the I5 2500K or some form of I5 Sandy Bridge. Reason? I do a lot of gaming, and recording with FRAPS. Since I record with FRAPS, I have to render the files if I want them to be small.

With all this rendering I do (which is like 3, 20 minute videos every day, and possibly more), would switching to really any Quad-Core lower my rendering times significantly?

I haven't had my I5 rig in a long time and the I3 is just starting to not cut it.

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Edited by xBxJxPx - 10/7/11 at 2:30pm
    
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You will see ~ 50% faster render times. I have both. An i5 is about equal to my i7 930 as well lol. If you want get the 2600k. The more the threads the better. wink.gif
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/7/11 at 2:32pm
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If you want speedy rendering, an i7 would be a better choice. I don't think the i3 to i5 transition would make much of a difference, as they both have four threads, assuming similar clocks.
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If you rendering files and recording with fraps etc., even a 2600k wont hurt(as it has 8 threads) biggrin.gif

If you think i3 isn't cutting it, just go for 2500K, most people that went for it never regretted it.
    
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster;15216825 
NICE DIFFERENCE
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Originally Posted by SgtHop;15216833 
REALLY NO DIFFERENCE
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Originally Posted by Cee;15216839 
I7 IS PRETTY, BUT THE I5 WILL BE GOOD



Quite. And this i7... Really worth it? Like, the i7 2600k is another $100 more than the i5. I know I do a ton of rendering, but is it really worth that extra moolah?
    
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Quite. And this i7... Really worth it? Like, the i7 2600k is another $100 more than the i5. I know I do a ton of rendering, but is it really worth that extra moolah?

Well, the i7 would roughly make your renders 2x faster while the i5 will make them 1.5x faster. It's up to you. It helps having 8 threads when live streaming live gameplay and heavy multitasking too.
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If you can afford it and put the chip to good use, I really see no reason not to get the 2600. For just gaming, the 2500 would get you by, but gaming and FRAPS, I think the i7 would be the better option.
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I see. I'll definitely look into saving that "little extra" to get it! I don't think Intel is releasing anything that will blow many of the Sandy Bridges out of the water yet so I would be safe with buying an i7...
    
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I don't think the i3 to i5 transition would make much of a difference, as they both have four threads, assuming similar clocks.

I don't think you quite understand how much more powerful real threads are than hyperthreaded threads.
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wait for bulldozer....8 real cores might be better at encoding and stuff like that.

or not, and then you can just get an i7
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