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    Intel i5 2500k?

    Is this a good chip

    overclocked at 4.5ghz im guessing its gonna be fast?

    how does it compare to an i7 2600k?

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    Yes it's a good chip. Overclocked to 4.5ghz it's exactly the same speed as an i7 2600k overclocked to 4.5ghz.

    The 2600k is a speed bin higher - so it can obtain a given speed at a lower required voltage than the 2500k, and may ultimately therefore be able to clock higher.

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    ahhhh i get ya

    think ill get an i5 2500k OC bundle then, only want it for World of warcraft, and maybe BF3 when it comes out

    im guessing that coupled with a GTX460 1gb msi cyclone and a decent SSD itll fly off the rails?

    or will i get mediocre performance on WoW?

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    Nah that will fly, assuming you're not at silly high resolutions (multi-screens).

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Yes it's a good chip. Overclocked to 4.5ghz it's exactly the same speed as an i7 2600k overclocked to 4.5ghz.

    The 2600k is a speed bin higher - so it can obtain a given speed at a lower required voltage than the 2500k, and may ultimately therefore be able to clock higher.
    IIRC the 2600k has hyperthreading (admittedly irrelevant in 99% of desktop usage scenarios) and more cache.
    However unless performance is everything and you are loaded, the 2600k is a waste of money when the 2500k exists for a lot less money.
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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    When I upgraded I was deciding between the 2 aswell. Theres some benchmarks that show the 2500k is faster in games than the more expensive 2600k.

    The 2500k can easily overclock to 4.7/8 ghz with not must voltage.

    Like they said above, if you got the money 2600k yeah, if not, why bother wasting it?

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    The 2500k is good enoguh if you are just looking to play Wow and BF3, especially when you plan to OC it.

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    Quote Originally Posted by seekdestroy View Post
    Like they said above, if you got the money 2600k yeah, if not, why bother wasting it?
    If you've got the money for a 2600k, get a 2500k and use the money saved on a (bigger) SSD, better/additional GFX card, better cooler, etc.

    All the reviews say the 2500k is the best value. The 2600k is a lot more money for a bit more performance.

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    go for 2500k if just for gaming and watch movies , great chip

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    Re: Intel i5 2500k?

    While the 2600k will clock higher, like all overclocking you'll start to hit an exponential growth in required voltage. ~4.5ghz is the sweet spot for both chips from what I've read.

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