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I7 2600k vs I5 2500k

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I know we've seen a few of these threads, but I wanted to ask the community their opinion based on my current situation.

I currently have a Q9550, Radeon 4870, 8gb ddr2, BFG 680i. This system is fast enough and still fairly decent by most standards (imo). The problem is that I've replaced every component in there over the last 3-4 years with a similar item and faced the same issue: random freezing! Everything has been switched out, psu, cpu, motherboard, gpu, ram...anyways long story short, I believe that the 680i is inherently responsible for my woes. So I'm planning on upgrading to a new platform!

Here is what my dilemma is. I'm torn between the 2500k and the 2600k.

At Microcenter, (and yes I know they go in and out of stock...but I've talked to the manager and can get both for the prices listed due to an annoying mixup), here are my following choices:

2500k + Asus P67 pro= $339 (+ tax. This bundle has a reduced price on both the CPU and the motherboard)-$410+tax if purchased at newegg, or

2600k + Asus P67 pro(from the cheapest online e-tailer as I don't receive the same discounts from microcenter) = $445 (+ tax) - $515+tax if purchased at newegg. Is it worth the ~120ish, tax included?

The savings on the 2500k are just ridiculous. For $180, do you guys think if I wanted to sell and upgrade the cpu, I could potentially break close to even on whatever the 'new 2500k' is in the next 7 or 8 months?

What I use my computer for:
Some gaming, not as much these days.

Multitasking of games, HD flash video, windows media center, etc.. over
multiple screens. Does HT help with this significantly?

I just am not quite sure how HT helps in real world scenarios or future potential. I see that in synthetic benchies and some encoding scenarios it seems to be worlds better. Thoughts guys? Like other posters said my brain tells me 2500k, but my heart screams 2600k.
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post #2 of 8
2500K.
HT would help if you were doing encoding,media work, and extreme CPU dependent work.

2500K would overclock like a beast anyways, and it's more than enough for what you need.
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If I'm correct, Hyper threading does not help that much in games right?
post #4 of 8
For gaming, there is basically no difference between HT and no HT. Get the 2600k if you run a lot of workstation apps because HT does help in that workload.
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Originally Posted by xXjay247Xx View Post
If I'm correct, Hyper threading does not help that much in games right?
for all practical purposes you are pretty much correct... a quad core clocked > 4 ghz is a gaming monster regardless.
    
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for gaming go with the 2500k.
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i5 cuz it's cheaper!!
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Puffs, why is it you picked up the 2600k then? Seriously curious...wasn't trying to be snide.
Edited by Faksnima - 1/12/11 at 3:23pm
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