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I'm able to grab a 2500k for a cheap price and I'm wondering if its worth doing or not. I'm a gamer so overclocking is a necessity. I've managed to get my i7 to 3.9mhz and stable but the i5 can easily go up to around 4.5-5mhz.

Would I notice much of a difference?
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How cheap and would you be selling your 2600 as well?
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How cheap and would you be selling your 2600 as well?

no more than $120 for the i5 and I didn't think about selling the i7 yet but I'd imagine I could.
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You can sell the i7 for more than the 2500k. Expect about 160 for the non k 2600
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In games that scale well with HT such as Crysis 3/BF4 the i5 2500K @ 5GHz will match your i7 2600 @ 3.9GHz, if you managed to get the 2500K to 4.5 it will still be slower in those examples than the i7 at 3.9, but 5GHz is a pretty high oc and most 2500K won't make it this far with 24/7 settings. In games that do not scale well with HT or at all (which is the majority of game and apps btw) the i5 2500K even at 4.5 it will wreck the 2600 at 3.9. So there is a tradeoff based on the apps you use. you will most likely benefit from the high clocks in heavily CPU bound games and emulators such as PCSX2.
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I'd get the 2500K. I've owned 6 or so 2500K's and every single one of them did 4.7GHz at 1.4V or less. 4.7GHz is a fairly "average" OC with a 2500K.

I'd get it because more games make use of the higher IPC rather than additional threads and with the OC difference even in the games where the additional threads would be used the difference would be minor at best.
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In games that scale well with HT such as Crysis 3/BF4 the i5 2500K @ 5GHz will match your i7 2600 @ 3.9GHz, if you managed to get the 2500K to 4.5 it will still be slower in those examples than the i7 at 3.9, but 5GHz is a pretty high oc and most 2500K won't make it this far with 24/7 settings. In games that do not scale well with HT or at all (which is the majority of game and apps btw) the i5 2500K even at 4.5 it will wreck the 2600 at 3.9. So there is a tradeoff based on the apps you use. you will most likely benefit from the high clocks in heavily CPU bound games and emulators such as PCSX2.

Yea It seems like most games don't really use HT at all, so I generally keep it turned off but I'm not sure if I should hang on to the i7 for future preferences or just grab the i5 since gaming is all I'm really concerned about.
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it's a no brainer for me. I'll definitely take the 2500k
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In games that scale well with HT such as Crysis 3/BF4 the i5 2500K @ 5GHz will match your i7 2600 @ 3.9GHz, if you managed to get the 2500K to 4.5 it will still be slower in those examples than the i7 at 3.9, but 5GHz is a pretty high oc and most 2500K won't make it this far with 24/7 settings. In games that do not scale well with HT or at all (which is the majority of game and apps btw) the i5 2500K even at 4.5 it will wreck the 2600 at 3.9. So there is a tradeoff based on the apps you use. you will most likely benefit from the high clocks in heavily CPU bound games and emulators such as PCSX2.

Well, how much retaliative performance gain can you really see? Going from 3.9 to 4.5 (a fair OC) is only about 15% increase in clock speed. I personally would just keep the 2600 because of hyper threading. If trends keep following the path the industry is heading, more cores WILL be better. Especially with all this DX12 stuff.

It just depends if 120$ is worth it to the OP. If it's strictly gaming, then yes, the i5 would be better for sure. Especially with the majority of games released as of today.
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Well, how much retaliative performance gain can you really see? Going from 3.9 to 4.5 (a fair OC) is only about 15% increase in clock speed. I personally would just keep the 2600 because of hyper threading. If trends keep following the path the industry is heading, more cores WILL be better. Especially with all this DX12 stuff.

It just depends if 120$ is worth it to the OP. If it's strictly gaming, then yes, the i5 would be better for sure. Especially with the majority of games released as of today.

This is really the point I'm trying to get at, even if I were to grab the i5 (strictly for gaming) would the performance Increase be substantial or negligible from a fps standpoint? I don't really mind the $120 if the performance increase is worth it.
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