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2500k or x5660?

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I only have $200 to spend. My rig is ancient

I am having a hard time deciding to go with the older 1366 hex core, or somewhat newer 1155 w/ SATA 3 and USB 3, both of which I would like to use as I have 3 SSDs not getting half of their stated speeds on SATA2. Am I going to be kicking myself for limiting to 4 threads over the 12 of the x5660?

1366 boards are expensive though! Dang.

This is a mostly gaming rig.
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For gaming, the 2500K is just fine unless you're playing a game that is specifically coded to use HyperThreading.

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Just fine? I was thinking the single thread performance was greater with the 2500k. I can't find any comparisons, how do they stack up when OCed around the same?
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if you will OC the xeon x5660 to at least 3,5Ghz, the Xeon,
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Just fine? I was thinking the single thread performance was greater with the 2500k. I can't find any comparisons, how do they stack up when OCed around the same?

 

You could overclock the 2500K to 4.5 GHz pretty easily with a good Z77 motherboard.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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