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post #31 of 72
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd;12121845 
HYper threading and 2MB more L3 cache (i think).

I didn't think it was worth it. But different people have different requirements.


The difference is both HT and increased cache. HT won't help in most games but cache will.... however, the $100 is better spent on the GPU as games are rarely CPU bottlenecked now.
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post #32 of 72
i'm a owner of a 2600k and running 5ghz 24/7. Seeing what the 2500k and how it can be overclock equal to a 2600k i'll say is not really worth it. You always have to pay premium if you want to have the very best but that doesn't mean is worth it.

I don't regret buying the 2600k because the price is really good ($280) and perfomance is up there with the 980x (1k cpu). 2500k for $180 is a ridicously price for the perfomance you get.
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post #33 of 72
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I don't regret buying the 2600k because the price is really good ($280) and perfomance is up there with the 980x (1k cpu). 2500k for $180 is a ridicously price for the perfomance you get.
It makes me smile knowing my "cheaper" 2500k beats out my buds 6 core AMD. More isnt better.
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post #34 of 72
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Originally Posted by firro View Post
Hi guys,

It will be a gaming rig, and ive heard that there wont be any significant difference between 2600k and 2500k for gaming.

Shall i go for the 2500k and spent the extra 100$ for a GPU or shall i buy a 2600k and buy a gpu later?

srry for my bad english
~50% more cash to get 5%-10% more performance in gaming NOT WORTH IT! See anandtech review.

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Sandy is a sidegrade if you're on a i7/i5. Buy a better GPU like Kand said.

X1950PRO is a bit old...
Sidegrade? Sorry but that is NOT true at all! See the side by side comparisons.....link above.


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post #35 of 72
Your GPU is terrible, and it's even bottlenecking your old E6300...

Worry about getting a real video card before CPU. IMO.
Hyperthreading is useless for gaming, go for the 2500. Unless you actually know for fact you have programs that benefit from threading (even then, I still don't think the $100 difference is entirely justified, $60 more seems reasonable).
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post #36 of 72
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Hyperthreading is useless for gaming, go for the 2500. Unless you actually know for fact you have programs that benefit from threading (even then, I still don't think the $100 difference is entirely justified, $60 more seems reasonable).
Toms Hardware showed HT helping performance in several games, including Battleforge, SC2/WoW and some others.

I will agree that overall its nothing to write home about but it is starting to make a noticeable difference in titles, and quietly more and more games are using it.
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post #37 of 72
2600K = WIN

You will end up regreting a 2500K purchase IMO

Sort of like TV's and monitors

You alway regret not getting the larger screen
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post #38 of 72
The question here really should be what software the end user has. If the person buying the CPU is a CAD designer, video editor, renderer, encoder and uses highly multi-threaded applications, then yes get the 2600K. For games the 2500K is a fine choice. The $100 savings can be used for a better GPU. I'm getting a 2500K.
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Originally Posted by amstech View Post
Toms Hardware showed HT helping performance in several games, including Battleforge, SC2/WoW and some others.

I will agree that overall its nothing to write home about but it is starting to make a noticeable difference in titles, and quietly more and more games are using it.
On the flip side, it has also been shown to slow down and lower FPS in some games. I'd say this argument is a wash pretty much.
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~50% more cash to get 5%-10% more performance in gaming NOT WORTH IT! See anandtech review.



Sidegrade? Sorry but that is NOT true at all! See the side by side comparisons.....link above.


How come is the 2500K scoring higher in some games?
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