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As the title suggests, could you guys help me choose which of these two processors should I choose? I'm thinking either i7 2600 or i5 2500 right now.

Although I'm open to other processor suggestions, this is as an upgrade to my existing desktop, so bear in mind that I'm limited to my 600W PSU. I don't want to change my PSU, I already have ATI6970 as my GPU, and 2 stick of DDR2 2GB memory.

I would be doing some Photoshopping here and there, doing light graphic editing using Lightroom. It is in gaming where I'll be giving my computer its heaviest load. I'm thinking of buying new processor so that it'll last at least another 2 years.

What do you think? Should I go for 4C/4T i5 or 4C/8T i7?

edit : I don't plan to overclock my CPU, at least not now. Even if I do oc it, it may be 2 years from now, when I'm not a total noob anymore.
Edited by red49 - 2/22/11 at 3:06am
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You probably knew this already, but I'll say it anyway - you need DDR3, not DDR2 for any CPU you may buy nowadays.

Other than that, if gaming will be the toughest load this CPU is gonna get, then i5 is the better option. In game tests there isn't more than 1-2% of distance between them, look at this comparison. This doesn't mean that games coming up in the next 2 years won't need the extra horsepower of the i7, but for now it inly costs 50%more without bringing much better performance.
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if you can afford the i7 go for it, if not, or wnat to save a little money, go with the i5 2500k. DDR2 won't work on your sandy-bridge motherboard.
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WD2500AAKS WD3200AAKS WD10EARS WD3200JB 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Asus DRW-1608P2 Asus DRW-1608P2 Corsair H70 Ubuntu Server 10.10 x64 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ASUS VW193S Logitech EX100 LC-Power 650W 
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