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Always have been an AMD kind of consumer (in buying straight up computers), but now I want to get into the world of building computers because it is relatively cheaper and you can really load out your systems.

So anyway, after a long debate on whether to get the Phenom II x4 950BE or the Phenom II x6 1055T, someone posted that if I am going for a raw build, to get the Intel I5 2500k

How well does this CPU fare when running games, editing or processing video, or capturing video from a source (PVR)?

I plan to have somewhat of this kind of CPU, along with 4-8GB of RAM and GTX 460.

  1. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...161&CatId=6988
  2. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...096&CatId=6977
  3. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...415&CatId=4534
  4. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...278&CatId=3669

That's not all, but those are the important parts. I AM on a budget though, so be careful with suggestions.
    
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i5 2500k OC-ed does very well in gaming, very very well. The i7's do better when it comes to editing and rendering.
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i5 2500k OC-ed does very well in gaming, very very well. The i7's do better when it comes to editing and rendering.

I7's are just too much for me at the moment.

But how well would say, an I5, video edit and render? My guess would be still fairly well.
    
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I think you would be making a wise decision to opt for the 2500k over those 2 AMD chips. You should hit 5GHz + on your OC and it is not overkill.

DO NOT get an H67 board! You cannot overclock your CPU. Get a P67.

EDIT: I have 2 of those video cards. I think that is a good choice if you do not want to exceed 140. I would cut your memory down to 4gb and pick 1600 over 1333, maybe even faster if you can find the right deal.
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I think you would be making a wise decision to opt for the 2500k over those 2 AMD chips. You should hit 5GHz + on your OC and it is not overkill.

DO NOT get an H67 board! You cannot overclock your CPU. Get a P67.
Can and will do. What's the highest, while still being stable, you've seen something like this overclocked to?
    
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Can and will do. What's the highest, while still being stable, you've seen something like this overclocked to?
Most of the i5 2500k's will hit 4.8-5.0GHz or better.

And yes, I JUST came from an AMD quad setup. The i5 is MILES faster in every aspect. Encoding, gaming, hell...just booting.

The people that suggested it were correct, the i5 2500k is the best bang per buck right now.

And pretty much any P67 board SHOULD suffice. I've had great luck with my Biostar board in my sig, the Asus P8P67 Pro (and higher) are good, I haven't heard much on the MSI boards, and I personally hate Gigabyte...but that's just me.
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Get the Asus P8P67 LE B3 if your on a tight budget..

The 2500k is fine for gaming and basic stuff... In all honesty its fine for most stuff... I have a HT i7 and ended up turning HT off cause I can clock higher and run cooler...

Be sure to get a good cooler while your at it so you dont have to worry about it later.
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Take a look at this thread. Notice my name on the list, but my 2600k, memory, ssd, and 1 of my GTX 460 SE's is on eBay right now. Let's just say I went over budget. lol (Sorry, not enough rep to post a link)

5.3 GHz is the most stable clock I saw with keeping temps around 60 C. Since you are on a budget, you will likely use the stock cooler for the time being. But, you can get up to 4.8 GHz on it depending on your chip. I would stay at 4.5 GHz and below though, until you get another heatsink or liquid cooling.

Honestly though, people are getting 5.5GHz and better on high quality liquid and/or nitrogen!
 
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Since you are on a budget, you will likely use the stock cooler for the time being

Actually, my brother has a spare, nice cooler.

Found it on Newegg. This is the exact cooler
    
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You might stay around 60 on a 4.8 clock. You will just have to test it out. Get a nice burn in on the thermal paste at 4.5GHz, then juice it up to see what you can accomplish.
 
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