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I do a bit of everything on my computer.
I play quite a few games, do a fair amount of work in CS4, do some video editing (more often in the near future), run a VM now and then, etc.
My computer pretty much does everything a computer can do at some point.
And I dont rebuild often. I build a computer, and leave it alone for a few years. Ill add a new GPU and slap in more RAM from time to time but I build to last when possible.

I mainly play games so an i5 would be the natural choice.
The problem is I cant shake the feeling that the CS4 work, increase in Video Editing (probably a substantial increase), the VMs and the fact that I dont rebuild often make an i7 a better buy. It will be more powerful out of the box for my all around uses and it will retain that power longer because of Hyper Threading(in theory).

Is an i7 worth it for an all around power use computer that wont be replaced for at least 18 months or is an i5 still a better choice?
Thoughts?
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you would be fine with an i5-2500k. They are amazing at overclocking. I've seen people get them up to 4.8 GHz on air. That will be more than you need for most video editing, unless your doing anything extreme (in which case you will want some more ram lol). Save some money and go for that. The 2600k is unnecessary.
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An i5 would be able to handle what you are going to throw at it right now without all that much trouble. However, I'd bet that 18 months down that road that might not be the case. If you do not plan on upgrading in that time frame then I would go ahead and get a i7.
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An i5 would be able to handle what you are going to throw at it right now without all that much trouble. However, I'd bet that 18 months down that road that might not be the case. If you do not plan on upgrading in that time frame then I would go ahead and get a i7.
See, thats what im worried about.
I know that an i5 would do everything I need right now and for a while but I don't want to be a year from now and start to be bogged down.

I think from a practical point of view an i7 makes more sense but from a financial point of view an i5 makes more sense and im having trouble trying to decide if an extra 6 months to a year on one system is worth the extra $100ish right now.

Im also going to be getting more RAM, a new GPU and a few things besides just the CPU/Mobo so that extra $100 seems REALLY important.
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