i5 2310 vs i5 2500k?

Oct 30, 2012
Hi, for my build, i plan to get:
-i5 2310 or i5 2500k
-Nvidia Evga gtx 660 (non-ti)
-Corsair vengeance (blue) 2 X 4gb 1600mhz
-Seagate Barracuda 2 tb
-Cooler Master Storm Scout Case mid tower
-Asus p8z77-v lx motherboard.

The reason i ask this is because on amazon, amazon is selling the Intel i5 2310 for 160 dollars and the i5 2500k for around 200. I was maybe leaning toward the i5 2310 so i save 40 bucks and i could buy an SSD or should i get the i5 2500k. Is their really a large boost in performance between the two? I tried finding benchmarks comparing the two but their aren't many available. :colbert:

Red Hawk

Diamond Member
Jan 1, 2011
The 2310 is significantly slower than the 2500k at stock speeds(2.9 GHz vs 3.3 GHz), and the thing about the 2500k is that it's unlocked -- you can boost the clock speed to higher numbers, like 4 GHz. That will be much, much faster than the 2310. You're not going to be able to get much more than a boot drive SSD for $40; I would go for the better processor
Mar 6, 2012
The 2310 plus ssd will be the most enjoyable experience. It will be slower in games that's cpu-limited, but it will overall be much snappier in general use. Maybe you can save some money by going for cheaper ram and find an i5 that's ivy bridge or clocked a little higher?


Diamond Member
Jun 25, 2004
You can still get 4 bins increased speed out of the 2310 if you get a Z-series motherboard (even a Z75), which would result in a peak of 3.6ghz on 1 core, but I personally would have a hard time justifying not spending a few more dollars on a K CPU to go with it.

I'd suggest getting an Ivy Bridge though.