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Old 08-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default OC i5 2500k vs stock i7 2600k

Hi just a quick question, how much over clocking would i need to do to get a 2500k to perform on par with a stock 2600k ? Im deciding if the the extra money is worth it. Thanks
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Also This will be my Gaming and school work rig, i have 2 gtx 460's and i plan to play everything on high detail. Will a OC 2500k handle it?
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:05 PM   #4
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Do you use apps for school which'll make use of all 8 threads of the i7? If not, get the i5 and OC it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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Hi just a quick question, how much over clocking would i need to do to get a 2500k to perform on par with a stock 2600k ? Im deciding if the the extra money is worth it. Thanks
They're almost the same processor, 2600k is 100mhz faster with hyper threading enabled (which doesn't really matter much for games). For gaming, they're about equal and OC to nearly the same levels -- if you want to oc the 2500 to stock 2600 levels that will be trivial. Honestly if you invest in a good cooling setup 4.5+ should be pretty easy to hit with either processor.

If you're on a student budget i'd say the 2500k is a better value for games / everyday tasks.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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For what you described, 2500k is the way to go. For games, the 8 threaded nature of the 2600k doesn't help.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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They're almost the same processor, 2600k is 100mhz faster with hyper threading enabled (which doesn't really matter much for games). For gaming, they're about equal and OC to nearly the same levels -- if you want to oc the 2500 to stock 2600 levels that will be trivial. Honestly if you invest in a good cooling setup 4.5+ should be pretty easy to hit with either processor.

If you're on a student budget i'd say the 2500k is a better value for games / everyday tasks.
Don't forget about the 2600k's extra 2MB of L3 cache.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:03 PM   #8
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Don't forget about the 2600k's extra 2MB of L3 cache.
Don't forget that this decreases fps by .1%.

Go with 2500k.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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... and it decreases your pocket book by ~$100 ...
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:48 PM   #10
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Both will run a system fine, get the cheaper 2500k.
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