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As those of you with telepathic abilities already know - I am building a NAS for my newly bought Optoma HD20 projector, to replace my old rotting G45/E7300 build.

But for some reason, I'm too caught-up to concentrate and I can't decide between the 2500k and the 2600k.

So, I've made this chart:

2600k:
-Hyper-threading makes it feel like I'm not still running on 4 cores, which I have been for the past 3 years.
- Better media encoding resolution for Blu-ray movies, if ever needed.. although, I doubt it, since I already have one 2600k.
- Want the best in terms of seamless multi-tasking, gaming on a GTX 480, etc.
- Folds twice as much, would get my score up/above 150,000 PPD.
- Be nice to have two 2600ks and compare batches.

2500k:
- 33% cheaper.
- Technically almost identical performance in everything that doesn't utilize hyper-threading (not really sure, never had it).
- Be nice to have both a 2600k and a 2500k.

But obviously, I can't make up my mind. 2600k is only a bit more, but 2500k is just so damned price/performance happy.
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I'd just go with the 2600k. Comparing batches would seem interesting, and you could keep the highest clocking for your personal everyday PC I saw the prices, and they're not that different. Unless your really tight on cash, the latter all the way.

Of course I have NO experience with SB or Intel.
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I'd just go with the 2600k. Comparing batches would seem interesting, and you could keep the highest clocking for your personal everyday PC I saw the prices, and they're not that different. Unless your really tight on cash, the latter all the way.

Of course I have NO experience with SB or Intel.
Yeah, that's my thinking. I can keep the best one for greedy self.

On the other hand, if I do buy the 2600k, I may never own an i5 processor.
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You can simulate the 2500k if you want, by disabling ht, lol. But seriously, the 2600k looks like it will work out well in your system with folding 'n all. Also, hopefully you know about microcenter. Its worth it to make the trip to Yonkers/Westbury since they sell the chips for much less (loss leaders).
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You can simulate the 2500k if you want, by disabling ht, lol. But seriously, the 2600k looks like it will work out well in your system with folding 'n all. Also, hopefully you know about microcenter. Its worth it to make the trip to Yonkers/Westbury since they sell the chips for much less (loss leaders).
Oh, I know. I've been there several times. It's just a hassle without a car and usually I just prefer Newegg since my doorman picks it up and I just go downstairs and get it whenever I'm comfortable so I don't have to be home all day waiting for the delivery.

No, I've done the 2600k w/o HT test and I can't tell the difference.

It's just another point in the 2500k's favor.

It just.. IDK.. FEELS like I'm on an inferior CPU. Like I've shut off SLi or something and I'm only using one card now. How to explain.
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