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I'm deciding to upgrade my AMD athlon 64 x2 6000+ computer to one of these new fangled sandy bridges.

I don't know which one to get though. I would be using it for everything from gaming to running virtual machines to encoding ( I work in a cable television advertising business and encoding 30+ commercials at a time is a common occurance).

my choices are:

i5-2500k
i7-2600
i7-2600k

Does the "k" affect cpu performance at all when running at stock speeds?
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k stands for unlocked multiplier, if you do encoding get the 2600k for it has hyperthreading and is overclockable.

but to answer your question k doesnt affect performance at all if alll three chips were to ran at stock, K unlocked chips are geared towards consumers that plan to overclock their cpu.
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
k stands for unlocked multiplier, if you do encoding get the 2600k for it has hyperthreading and is overclockable.

but to answer your question k doesnt affect performance at all if alll three chips were to ran at stock, K unlocked chips are geared towards consumers that plan to overclock their cpu.
I'm really more interested in this thing lasting a long time like my x2 6000+ has. So is the hyperthreading vs. non hyperthreading that much a difference. Some reviews say no.
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For everyday applications, you won't see a difference from going to a 2600 from a 2500. The 2500k is more bang for your buck and is just as fast as the 2600 in most games. If you ever want to OC, you'll want to get a K version, however, the normal version isn't worth getting in the first place.
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Since you do encoding, I would get a i7 2600K. The Hyperthreading does make a difference.



The K edition of processor are the only ones that are really overclockable, and you'll want a P67 motherboard. If you plan on having one videocard, the Gigabyte P67 UD4 or Asus P8P67 Pro are good choices. And I realize you said at stock, but you can seriously just press a button on some motherboards and it will usually push these CPUs to 4+ GHz with no downside.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128463

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813131682

You'll also want fast DDR3 with low voltage (1.5V), like this G.Skill set:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-430-_-Product
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Some good info guys. Thanks for the help.
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