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I was about to buy an i5 2500K but... The shop guy asked if I OC much (I did not know he knew what OC was). The hing is I actually don't. My computer is mostly for family and on 24/7 so durability is an issue.

i52500 is much cheaper
i2500K more OC room but more $. Worth it?
i7 worth it? (no I don't video, photo or other edit)
other? I am open for suggestions, even AMD.

No hurry, next month or 2.
No budget, but bang for $ is needed and more middle range price wold be better.




I will probably pick up a new Mobo too (also open to suggestions) and some Kingston ram (regular or hyperX will be a 3rd question I have to answer soon too). Ram is so cheep now.

and I may finally get an ssd for Xmas. A HD died and replacing it is not needed and too expensive right now. I have 5 others smile.gif

I hope to recycle the rest unless you see something that cries out to upgrade too.
 
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post #2 of 9
Definitely get a SSD biggrin.gif

If you don't overclock don't get the K model, the non K will be fine. As for the i5 vs i7, ge teh i5 since you don't do a lot media editing, even if you start the i5 will be more than enough lol.
post #3 of 9
Wait... for what specifically? If you family you mean that your family will use it for gaming, get the 2500, doesn't necessarily have to be the 2500k. However, seeing how you have an OCN account, you're going to learn how to OC soon for sure tongue.gif

As for the Sandy Bridge, i7s, forget about it. the extra cost isn't worth the performance gain.

Option 2: get a Phenom x4 or x6 if it's cheap. Much cheaper, and better bang for the buck, even though it has less performance.


As for durability, without overclocking, it should last you forever (not literally, but you know what I mean).
    
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post #4 of 9
get the 2500k for the best "bang for $" the 2600k just splits each core into 2 threads so its great for multitasking. 2500k's can overclock to 5GHz in some cases so definitely worth it. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 9
I would go for Plan B.

keep the gigabyte motherboard and buy a quadcore Q9650 3.0 Ghz,
that would be cheaper than i5 2500k so you have cash left for a new gpu like HD6870.
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post #6 of 9
Get an SSD

If you can grab a decent Q9550 or Q9650 its a large gain from your current but if you want to do SOME UPGRADE then the i3 2120 or the i5 2400 or 2500 may SUFFICE.. thumb.gif just enough not to bottleneck that card of yours.. biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 9
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Plan B eh, Not a bad idea per say, but was hoping for sata 3, usb 3 and other nice things like that. I will look at it thought, see if I can pick one up. That would mean I can use Xmas $ for the SSD.... Hmmm.

But I was worried the Mobo was not working right too. Taiwan humidity and air is hard on them. Turned out to be a HD and windows issue but it was a good excuse to go shopping.

So. There is not too much difference between the k and non k version of the 2500? Can the 2500 not overclock much or not at all?
 
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Team XS3 SSD Got one Noctua u140 Have one too. Win7 for now 
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Acer p234w Mechanical Today its a Fractal Fractal Arc XL 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
1 or 2 of them Cherry Some speekers Logitech 800 bluetooth/RF headset 
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xeon 1230 v3 Asrock Z87e itx powercolor r9 290 Changes like socks 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
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post #8 of 9
non K models are locked for the most part.
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post #9 of 9
Just pick a i5-2500 if your're not going to OC and a decent H67 mobo.
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