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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys, need another system for the missus so she okay'ed another system.

Still undecided over an i5-2500k or one of the x6 BE's.

Things I have are PSU/monitor/kb/mouse/OS.

I don't really have a budget but the every dollar saved is one less ramen I have to eat.

Main usage will be Photoshop/Gaming.

Should I skip BD?
Edited by evilferret - 10/29/11 at 12:03pm
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post #2 of 10
gaming will not see any advantage to the bd or x6, but photoshop will


why not use your sig rig, or make something similar but with 8g of ram
post #3 of 10
Why would you go for 2500k? Are you planning on giving her your sig rig and taking new build for yourself?
If not you can just go with budge AMD gaming build.
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DiNet View Post
Why would you go for 2500k? Are you planning on giving her your sig rig and taking new build for yourself?
If not you can just go with budge AMD gaming build.
Ditto!

The missus only plans to use it for web browsing, spreadsheets and so fourth.

Just trying to figure out best bang for buck system.

For PS, is the i5 or x6 better? The one comparison (I could find) showed the x6 ahead for touch-ups.
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post #5 of 10
the i5 would be slightly better

but if you want to use onboard video, make a llano a8 (with ati 66xx), or 880/980g (with ati 42xx) build

those would be way better for photoshop, hd video and gaming
post #6 of 10
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Not planning to use integrated graphics.

Planning to get something faster than a 6870 for myself as an upgrade.

Eh played with an a8 laptop and wasn't impressed. Any reason to use that over the x6?
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by evilferret View Post
Not planning to use integrated graphics.

Planning to get something faster than a 6870 for myself as an upgrade.

Eh played with an a8 laptop and wasn't impressed. Any reason to use that over the x6?
What is the budget you plan on spending for a graphics upgrade for yourself?
    
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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well hoping to spend under 1k. Just was looking for best bang for buck options.

Back to reading more articles of x6 vs i5 2500k for PS.

I'm starting to bring work home and I really want to finish it faster. I really don't want to spend too much since I feel like I should wait for the next gen CPU/vid cards.
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post #9 of 10
If you have a budget approaching $1k for the tower, then the 2500K is probably your best option overall. The 2500K when using all 4 of it's cores is roughly equal to a thuban using all 6 (in theory, the thuban could be 5% faster when the chips are compared at stock speeds under some circumstances). The 2500K will OC higher, which is where it will pull out a lead in everything. In Gaming, the 2500K beats a thuban in every possible comparison. In fact, a stock 2500K will perform about on par with a thuban OCed to 4.5GHZ, (which is a very unlikely OC for that chip).

Having said that, if you were planning on a GTX460/HD6850/HD6870 type GPU, I would just suggest going the thuban route to save money, because the GPU is normally the bottleneck anyways. However, since the plan is to go above and beyond a 6870, there is IMO more good reason to go with the 2500K.
     
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post #10 of 10
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Thanks,

Will start looking into an i5 now.
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