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Ok, I know this question has been asked 1000 times but I am going to ask again anyways. Im in the process of upgrading to an Intel platform and I am trying to decide if I should get a 2500K or a 2600K. At first I think I should get a 2500K since I use my rig for gaming mostly and games dont really take advantage of the HT available in the 2600K. I like the 2600K since it gives me the options to do more if I ever decide to but why spend the extra money if I dont have to... So I am left with a couple of questions that should help make my decision a bit easier if anyone can help me out.

1. does an i7 help when recording a game (using FRAPS or somthing like it)? If so, is it any better than using an i5 to do the same thing? My 955 could not handle recording and processing the game and would make the game pretty much unplayable. However I am assuming that the processor handles a good deal of recording when it may, in fact, rely or somthing else like RAM or the HDD.

2. Can the i5 fold bigadv work units? i know the i7 can. I do some folding but have been out of it for a very long time (folding on a AMD plaform was very slow to say the least...)

3. The only "video editing" i do is compressing/editing my game captures. will this see an added benefit from an i7 (or when people say "video editing" is better on i7 are they referring to somthing other than editing game captures).

4. Can an i5 run a MMO in the background and a FPS (like BF3)?

Also, I dont plan to run virtual machines, 3d rendering, photoshop/photo editing. Thanks in advance everyone.
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Sounds like you would benefit some from the i7, the question you face is does it justify the cost. That's tough to quantify. Depends on your financial situation, and of course the real time benefits of HT. No way for you to judge these benefits accurately besides seeing them in person in my mind. It's a tough call. Have you considered a used 2600k to split the costs a bit ?

edit: bigadv folding on a 2600k will soon be a thing of the past unfortunately as stanford is changing the requirement.
Edited by King Who Dat - 2/15/12 at 8:25am
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I believe for questions 1.,3., and the last question the 2600k wins by a pretty large margin. But as far as games I think there are minimal gains. You probably wouldn't be able to notice.
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1) The 2500k overclocked will be able to handle your game recording needs.

2) Can't do big adv on i5, you'll get away with SMP however.

3) Whether you'll benefit significantly from HT will depend on the editing software you use, how large the files are and how patient you are; I've done some editing on my 2500k and it handled it very well (this was using Sony Vegas).

4) Don't know honestly

Considering all things, I'd get the i7. Just look for a sale.
post #5 of 10
Wait for 3770K.
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how far is houston form where you're at? there is a microcenter there.

i think they have a special on both SB cpus.
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IMO neither but I don't fold and never plan to.

Your cpu should be fine, and you won't see any improvement in games because the 570 will max them anyway.

1.correct me if i'm wrong but Fraps is fairly low-resource intensive as it doesn't compress or encode video as it's recorded .

You may have another issue with fraps itself.

2. the i5 would still fold well, but obviously not on the level of the 2600/2700

3. By no means would I waste the money on an i7 if I was only occasionally compressing/editing game captures.

4. Not sure, but also why would you need to?
Edited by Casey Ryback - 2/15/12 at 8:43am
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i know the i7 can. I do some folding but have been out of it for a very long time (folding on a AMD plaform was very slow to say the least...)
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I might be able to help a little bit with a personal account.

I have a 2500K and do a lot of the same things you do. Generally it's fine and fast.

But, like you, I play games including FPS and MMOs. To be honest, I wish I had a 2600K. Often I'll be running a game in the background (whether it be that I'm waiting in a lobby or in a LFG queue or whatever--that's irrelevant) and will load up a TV show or movie or something to pass the time. Unfortunately, I do experience a lot of choppy video this way. It varies based on video type of course, but sometimes it can get pretty bad. And my 2500K is overclocked to 4.8GHz in the summer and 5GHz in the winter months.

I think on that basis alone I would go for a 2600K if I were you. Depending on how urgently you needed it you could also wait for Ivy Bridge, but in any case upgrading would be easy if you couldn't wait.
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post

1) The 2500k overclocked will be able to handle your game recording needs.
2) Can't do big adv on i5, you'll get away with SMP however.
3) Whether you'll benefit significantly from HT will depend on the editing software you use, how large the files are and how patient you are; I've done some editing on my 2500k and it handled it very well (this was using Sony Vegas).
4) Don't know honestly
Considering all things, I'd get the i7. Just look for a sale.

Number 2 is incorrect. A 2500k can easily do bigadv and bigbigadv just aswell as any 2600k, in some cases it beats a 2600k with the right overclock.

Wether or not a 2500k will remain able to fold bigadv once the core changes come in from Stanford is another matter entirely and nobody is able to say either way.

To OP, I believe a 2500k would be able to record your gaming, the problem comes more from hard drives in my opinion, if you were to record to a seperate hard drive than the one your game is installed on that would be better. Games such as BF3 do use the extra 'cores' you get from a 2600k with hyper-threading, so bear that in mind.
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