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I am making a new water cooled rig soon and I am going to be overclocking the CPU. I don't know how high yet that'll depend, but which of the CPUs would be a better choice?
 
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I'd grab the 2550k, but I'm pretty sure other than stock speeds they have the same potential.
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Buy a 2550k if you don't currently own a SB equivalent 2500k; however it looks like you already have a 2500k. So, if it were me, I'd sit on that 2500k and water cool it.
The 2550k is a superior processor, of course, but the verdicts still out on whether or not it's superiority is enough to dictate upgrades from current SB users; especially a 2500k upgrade to a 2550k.
Wait, and water cool; thats my two cents. thumb.gif
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Same processor, different clocks. Overclock a 2500K and save a bit of money. Just like the 1090t and the 1100t.... just overclock the 1090t! Hypocritical of me as an 1100t owner... hahah
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Actually this is going to be a completely new rig with nothing of this current rig as I'm giving this rig to a friend. If I do still go 2500K I'm still going to have to buy a new one anyway. So it's safe to assume I should go with the 2550K now?

Edit: Also there's a promo on newegg right now if I use a code I save 15 dollars on the 2550K so it's actually cheaper
 
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Originally Posted by burntphoenix View Post

Actually this is going to be a completely new rig with nothing of this current rig as I'm giving this rig to a friend. If I do still go 2500K I'm still going to have to buy a new one anyway. So it's safe to assume I should go with the 2550K now?
Edit: Also there's a promo on newegg right now if I use a code I save 15 dollars on the 2550K so it's actually cheaper

I would second a purchase of a 2550k since you are selling off your old 2500k. There's no need to buy a 2550k when it's price is almost the same as the 2500k.
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I would second a purchase of a 2550k since you are selling off your old 2500k. There's no need to buy a 2550k when it's price is almost the same as the 2500k.

It's a rig for his friend, so I'm assuming he won't be willing to sell off his 2500k. Whoops, misunderstood the post.

The below still stand, though.

Just go for the 2500K. From what I've seen/heard, there's no significant increase in overclocking ability.
Edited by AllyOmega - 3/23/12 at 4:14pm
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2500k all the way!

2550k is not higher binned AFAIK, and in fact is the poorer choice. With the 2500k you get the integrated graphics enabled, which then you could potentially use the IGP if necessary and you get access to Quick Sync (awesome speed up for encoding/decoding) given the right board. The 2550k is just a 2500k with a failed IGP and I don't think has a chance to OC higher or anything. You can see plenty of people achieve great clocks with the 2500k.
 
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2500K = built in GPU
2550K = no built in GPU

The 2550K does have a stock clock 100Mhz higher than the 2500K though and the 2550K is meant to be slightly easier to overclock.

I'm not 100% sure about it being slightly easier to overclock, I am just saying what I have read on the internet tongue.gif I have never personally overclocked either of the two.
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I'd get the 2550K if you're not planning to use the iGPU. Not really sure about the overclocking potential but the very first that I got last monday is a great chip. Currently running stable @ 5ghz 1.424v (that low!)

I had four 2500Ks and only one went up to 5ghz (1.5v ).
Edited by _s3v3n_ - 3/23/12 at 4:22pm
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