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  • 73% (22)
    Core i5 2500K
  • 0% (0)
    Core i7 2600K
  • 16% (5)
    Ivy Bridge
  • 10% (3)
    Other
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post #1 of 10
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I am planning to move from AMD to Intel over the next couple on months. I plan on buying the components in pieces. I've already found an Asus board and some RAM that I like, but I'm a little torn on the CPU. I am a very broke college student on a budget so the $$$ is very important to me.

What I'm planning to do is basically gaming and basic stuff, nothing more. I don't render or edit photos or videos or anything like that. And from what I understand the games do not make much use of Intel's Hyper Threading.

So what I am considering is....
1. Core i7-2600K
2. Core i5-2500K
3. Wait for Ivy Bridge

I have been a fan of AMD CPUs for quite some time. I was planning to get the new FX series, but all the benchmarks and reviews suggest that on single thread applications, the FX is slower than the i-series. The i7 and i5 seem to be better across the board for multi use capabilty.

So...any thoughts?
Edited by NickCC1991 - 10/27/11 at 8:39am
     
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Hello,

If you are on a budget, buy i5 2500k. Don't wait for Ivy Bridge, Because if you keep waiting, you wait all your life. At the time that Ivy comes out, something new will be about to come out and u'll wanna wait... Never ending story.
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If you want to switch to Intel for gaming and nothing more, then get the 2500K. The benefit of the 2600K would only benefit you in video editing, rendering, etc.

Then again, for "just gaming," AMD is fine.

but... I like Intel so the 2500k is the no-brainer choice for me
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post #4 of 10
Might want to fix "Dridge" to "Bridge"

BUT, I think the i5 2500k is a perfect CPU for gaming if that is all you are doing. I'm sure you can find combos that include RAM + CPU or maybe CPU + Heatsink to help lower the costs of hardware so you can meet you budget. Who knows. Different companies have different things.

Do you have any companies you like to shop at that have websites? Or are you ordering all this online?
    
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Originally Posted by NickCC1991 View Post
I am planning to move from AMD to Intel over the next couple on months. I plan on buying the components in pieces. I've already found an Asus board and some RAM that I like, but I'm a little torn on the CPU. I am a very broke college student on a budget so the $$$ is very important to me.
That is why AMD path is for you.
I came to my sig rig build from Phenom 965 only because of sickest deal ever that involved 0 money investment from me.
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post #6 of 10
Just OC your 940, with a single hd6870, you like likely see no difference/maybe 1-5fps, from going to SandyBridge. You're going to be GPU limited in gaming situations anyway, as long as your phenom II maxes out your hd6870, which it should, you're fine.

If you want to waste $400 on a new CPU, mobo, and RAM go for it. Money would be better spent on a better GPU, if you want to gain higher FPS.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/27/11 at 8:25am
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If you are on a budget, what is wrong with what you have? Do your wants overide your needs? I am not judging you at all. I know it is tough being a student. What you have is nothing to laugh about.

Have a nice day.
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Might want to fix "Dridge" to "Bridge"
Thanks for the fix!

I know that what I have is "okay", but I don't want "okay". I like things to run fast. The other thing is that my board is DDR2, the socket was originally AM2+ (BIOS upgraded to AM3). And sorry guys the info on the specs of my machine aren't entirely accurate. I've updated them, they are as follows.

AMD PII 940BE
8GB DDR2 (PC6400) RAM
dual 6870s in crossfire

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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post
Just OC your 940
I don't OC my processors anymore. Its actually part of the reason why I want to go to intel. I may have damaged my Phenom by taking it to close to 4GHz. Everyone that I know who has intel has never had problen OCing their CPUs. One of my fiends has had a Q6600 at well over 3GHz for a loooong time now.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, GIVE ME MORE. I like the varied opinions.
     
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Atleast wait for SB-E and black friday, the prices should drop
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Originally Posted by NickCC1991 View Post
Thanks for the fix!

I know that what I have is "okay", but I don't want "okay". I like things to run fast. The other thing is that my board is DDR2, the socket was originally AM2+ (BIOS upgraded to AM3). And sorry guys the info on the specs of my machine aren't entirely accurate. I've updated them, they are as follows.

AMD PII 940BE
8GB DDR2 (PC6400) RAM
dual 6870s in crossfire

I don't OC my processors anymore. Its actually part of the reason why I want to go to intel. I may have damaged my Phenom by taking it to close to 4GHz. Everyone that I know who has intel has never had problen OCing their CPUs. One of my fiends has had a Q6600 at well over 3GHz for a loooong time now.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, GIVE ME MORE. I like the varied opinions.
Oh, dual GPU's changes everything, yeah, just get 2500k and call it a day.

If you're going to wait, you'll just get stuck in an endless loop of waiting for the next best thing. Just get what you can today.

If you can't afford it all today, just save the money until you can buy it all in a single day, no sense letting components depreciate in value while you're not using them. If you buy a mobo today, then CPU a month from now, chances are that mobo may be cheaper, and you'll be like, oh man I just paid $180 for that, and now it's $150.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/28/11 at 8:12am
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