Originally Posted by MeHoW
Exactly that was my point... Right now i can afford nice rig which i could dream about when i was younger...
I get it too, If you do go 7950 it will just make your system better, Also keep your original plan and get the best you can, a 2500k is good, but you orginal question was I5 or I7 for future proof
the answer is I7 is WAY more future proof then the I5 if you go 2500k now you will have to upgrade your CPU much sooner then if you go 2600k. The 2600k has more cache and HT (which makes the OS see it as 8 cores), more programs in the future are going to be using HT so IMO the 2500k is on its way out the door, especially with IVY coming out. Like you stated sometimes its not what you need its what you want and thats alot of what this site is about. It's funny to see poeple suggest less, Ive NEVER seen a post with someone saying I wish I bought a less expensive CPU when I didnnt need the one I have, NOT once. You might find that once you have a rig that can do performance anything you might be doing it more and if not you still have an awesome system that can always be upgraded into even more. I was same way, I realized I could afford way better hardware then when I was younger and went for f it, why not it's a great hobby. Make sure to post some build pics when you get up and running.Edited by Bravo2010 - 2/22/12 at 2:03am