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    Core i5 2500k
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    Core i7 2600k
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post #1 of 9
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I hope to finally buy an Intel chip this year. I am debating the i5 2500k or i7 2600k. I am planning to OC. They would cost me 200 and 280 at microcenter. I am currently experiencing a minor bottleneck on this 955. I want my CPU to be good for the next two years. The i7 2600k is looking like the better chip scoring 22k stock in 3DMV. My Phenom gets 15k so that is quite the improvement. I am just tired of only getting 29 FPS in Crysis on a GPU capable for 35-40 FPS on my settings. Price is not a concern. I do not want to go 1366.
 
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Hmmm, honestly I was stuck in your same position, but ended up going with the i5 2500k. The only thing that is able to fully use all of the processor is folding. However, if you want to be "future proof" and money is not much of a factor, than by all means go with the i7 2600k. I kindof wished I went with it even though I wouldn't notice a difference in any games today. I'm running it at 4.82 ghz 24/7, has worked fine.

All in all, I'd go with the i7 2600k, seem to overclock with lower voltages and have lower temps. Also, only $80 more for a faster chip.
post #3 of 9
i7 2600k is the most futureproof CPU on the market- it'd take solid 10 years before it bottlenecks anything
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
i7 2600k is the most futureproof CPU on the market- it'd take solid 10 years before it bottlenecks anything
Slight overstatement?
 
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post #5 of 9
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Slight overstatement?
Slight
But come on, SB @5.2Ghz... What could possibly be better?
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
Slight
But come on, SB @5.2Ghz... What could possibly be better?
Speed is not everything. There are people that overclocks their P4 up to 4Ghz. I bet they don't use it anymore.

In 10 years, We'll prolly be using 64 core CPU's. And there you are with your 5.2Ghz SB. LOL
Edited by jethro_static - 3/14/11 at 6:33am
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post #7 of 9
I run my 950 @ 4.31 HT off most of the time, gaming and general use it is better. Pretty much 90% of what I am doing isnt utilizing the HT anyway and I can clock a little higher with it off..

When I do some video encoding, mainly with DVD Rebuilder I will use a different bios profile for a 4.1 HT on setting, and there is a nice improvement on encode time. Also I do some video encoding with nero vision and can actually run 2 processes of it with HT on....

Other than that tho not many apps are coded for 8 threads, most are 4, even the apps that are listed as a "multi threaded app"

So basically, unless you have some use for the added threads in a HT cpu there is no real benefit of it..
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post #8 of 9
save the $100 and go 2500K. Overclock almost to where 2600k is but cheaper!
post #9 of 9
I said Core i5 2500k is the best choice for gaming.
Core i7 2600K has no advantage in gaming compared to 2500K. But it will useful if you use it for heavily threaded application such as Video Encoding.
You don't have to think for next 10 years or how many years it will lasts.
I am sure you'll bored with your system in 3 years or even less than that.
    
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