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i5 2500K or i7 2600K?

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Which one is easier to overclock?

Is the i7 worth it if I plan to play really CPU games like SC2, Total War, Civ 5, etc?

And how's the regular Asus P8P67 mobo for the i7?
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Get the i5 for games. They're both the same to overclock, change a multiplier value and up the vcore.
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Which one is easier to overclock?

Is the i7 worth it if I plan to play really CPU games like SC2, Total War, Civ 5, etc?

And how's the regular Asus P8P67 mobo for the i7?
Unless you are doing something very CPU intensive, an i5-2500K with a lowly UD4 motherboard from GIGABYTE will be just fine. I got mine pretty cheap and it is at 5.1 Ghz on a simple air cooler.

http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclockin...tonium_i.shtml
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I'd go with the i5. I have one and I mainly game. It's more then enough for gaming. If their is a Microcenter near you they still are running the combo deals on the CPU's and motherboards.
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I'd go with the i5. I have one and I mainly game. It's more then enough for gaming. If their is a Microcenter near you they still are running the combo deals on the CPU's and motherboards.
Can you link me to it? I can't seem to find it.

So there's no performance difference between the i5 and i7 at all in RTS games?

I saw a benchmark where the i7 920 performed better than the i5 750, but of course, that was the older models.
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Unless you're going to take advantage of HT, get the 2500K.
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If it's just for gaming, no need to go above what you have. I would say no more than 4 threads are ever needed.
    
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If it's just for gaming, no need to go above what you have. I would say no more than 4 threads are ever needed.
Yeah, it's mainly for gaming, but I also plan to use the CPU for converting videos to put on my iPod and such. Will that be faster with the i7?

Also, the reason for considering the i7 is because I plan to use it for the next few years and most of the games I play are really CPU intensive and since my resolution is pretty low as well, I want to be able to get high frame rates in games.
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I don't convert videos, but I'm pretty sure conversion software takes advantage of hyperthreading.

Games dont, but who knows maybe in the future they might.
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I also vote for 2500k, that's what i'll be buying as well.
    
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