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post #11 of 23
2500k - if you can live without having the 'best CPU' and 10-20% performance decrease max.

2600k - if you really need to have 'the best' and use programs that could take advantage of the 8 threads, such as folding.
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Do the 2600k oc as well as the 2500k?
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Do the 2600k oc as well as the 2500k?
Pretty much.
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post #14 of 23
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Pretty much.
they oc about the same really. It depends on your chip but they both can get 4.5+ which no matter how you look at it is insane speed for a chip. Up until before SB 4.0 was the standard 247 oc now it seems 4.4-4.5ish on these chips is the standard 247 oc
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how much do these new chips overclock on air? like a $30-40 dollar cooler? and does a 1156 cooler fit on it ?
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I'd go with the 2600K. Since the introduction of Core 2 Duo, a lot of programs now look for L2/L3 cache.
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how much do these new chips overclock on air? like a $30-40 dollar cooler? and does a 1156 cooler fit on it ?
These chips can do 4.5GHz on a $30-40 air cooler [Hyper 212+]. And yes, the 1156 coolers are compatible.
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Do the 2600k oc as well as the 2500k?
If you know what you're doing, then yes. And for the minimal gains you get from the 2600K over the 2500k, it's really not worth shelling out the extra money for the slight benefit.
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post #19 of 23
unless you need hyper threading or a bit more l3 cache the 2500k is what you want. Its definetly the best bang for the buck and if you are a gamer will rape any game you throw at it.

Most games and apps dont utilize ht so when you turn that off the 2600k has a tad faster stock speed and a bigger l3 cache.
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post #20 of 23
Well definitely don't get the non-K models, since they do not overclock.

If you use your PC only for hardcore gaming and casual browsing; get the i5-2500k
If you use your PC for video/photo editing, hardcore gaming, casual browsing, or any application that can benefit from HT; get the i7-2600k.

As for overclocking, they both overclock to the same clocks. Any 1156 cooler does fit the 1155 socket CPUs. You should be able to get to 4.5-4.8 Ghz on air.
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