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Considering the 2500K and then Upgrading to Ivy Bridge later on

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With the 2500K processor (and other Sandy Bridge processors) coming out soon I am thinking about upgrading my rig or building a new one. From what I can tell and through speculation the i5 2500K should be around $250. The 2600K will most likely be $500+. I don't see the price to performance ratio being with the jump up. However, later in the the year or early next year Ivy Bridge will be coming out which will still use socket 1155, but will have more features.

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Ivy Bridge is the codename given to the 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture. According to the keynote speech presented by Paul Otellini during the 2010 Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Ivy Bridge processors may be introduced as early as the second half of 2011.[34] However, it now seems more likely that Ivy Bridge will be launched a year after Sandy Bridge, probably during CES 2012. Ivy Bridge will replace dual-core processors with quad-core processors at the entry level segment, while delivering eight-core processors for mainstream and higher-end level segments.[35]

Ivy Bridge processors will employ a maximum of 24 EUs graphics sub-system (double that of Sandy Bridge)[36] and also provides DirectX 11 support, rather than the older DirectX 10.1 graphics technology that will be featured in the first batch of Sandy Bridge processors, while retaining its LGA 1155 socket compatibility.[37]
At that point it will be fairly easy to upgrade and we should see a significant increase in performance I would think. And only my CPU would need upgraded.

Right now I have the Q6600 GO stepping processor. Would you upgrade to the 2500K or wait until Ivy Bridge? Also, does anyone have any evidence on the difference in pricing between the 2500K and the 2600K?
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The 2600k is just under $320.
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The 2600k is just under $320.
So only $70 more? What is the big difference between these versions? 8 vs 4 threads and 8mb cache? Worth it?
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So only $70 more? What is the big difference between these versions? 8 vs 4 threads and 8mb cache? Worth it?
Worth depends on what you are doing. Which would be...?
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Worth depends on what you are doing. Which would be...?
Well... on a usual basis here is what I do:
  • Browse the Internet
  • Multiple Apps Open
  • Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop)
  • Conversion of Music
  • Downloading/streaming
  • Word Processing
  • Gaming (i.e. COD, Crysis, SC2)
  • Web Development/Graphic Design

I would like to get more into coding and 3d rendering in the future (want to get into more creative fields and hobbies that may turn into a job). Perhaps if I join a Film Society I might be able to do some independent movie work on it.
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The hyperthreading will help big time with 3D rendering stuff. And possibly photoshop.
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The hyperthreading will help big time with 3D rendering stuff. And possibly photoshop.
Well if it is is something like $70 different then I will most likely spend the extra. However, the cool think about socket 1155 is that when Ivy Bridge comes out it will be compatible with the 1155. Thus if 2600K is too much I will wait with the 2500K and upgrade later to Ivy Bridge.
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