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October 12, 2013 10:28:37 PM

i am contemplating whether i should get an i7 2600k or a non k. will it be really that big of a difference if i overclock? i will be using this setup for video editing and i know overclocking will help with rendering but i wouldn't mind if the difference is only a few seconds or minutes between the k and non k i7 2600.

the second reason i want to get a non k is that boards with no oc features seem to be very cost-friendly rather than ones which do have them plus i dont know squat about overclocking either but if i ever do end up with the 2600k i'll be leaving the overclocking to a pal. thoughts, anyone?

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October 12, 2013 10:36:35 PM

you can see a little boost with an oc cpu. the downsides is the chip going to run hot so you need better cooling and your going to shorten it life. some oc system may run fine for years or could die in a few weeks if you over volt the cpu to far. if the build is one that has to last for a long time due to costs...then pick up a non k cpu and h77 mb. depending where you live some of the newer cpu and mb combo may be cheaper. dropping down to i5-4670 or a little slower use the savings for more ram or a ssd drive (128g).
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October 13, 2013 1:13:18 AM

overclocking will make a difference. Even overclocked the CPU should last as long as the CPU is useful, as long as you dont go silly. if its for work I say do it for sure. If its for pleasure, then you have to way up if you think the extra money on fan mobo and cpu is worth it for you. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/06/01/intel-core-...
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October 13, 2013 3:14:14 AM

Let me tell you this, I got I7-4770 non K and H87 motherboard without all the overclocking bullshit and it is BLAZING fast, I got an "old" Radeon HD 6990, I'm not complaining and I saved like 150$ on motherboard and the "K" thing, which is no small amount.

Case in point - I7-2600 non-K is like what... 20% slower than what I got, maybe? So if I think, taking my setup and making it 20% slower, won't do jack shit - it will still be lighting fast.

So I say go without overclocking CPU/Motherboard and you will be just fine and the spare $$ put into something else. Whole overclocking advantage is really questionable, because when you see all the review sites blasting some insane overclocks are getting pretty unimpressive returns for it, especially considering that the end user will rarely have the setup/knowledge/build to reach those clocks and remain stable, so your gains will even be smaller.

Also you run less/no risk of CPU damage in the long run, true it does not happen much, but I wouldn't risk it with a new CPU. Overclocking can be nice when you plan to get a new computer in like half a year, cause then you don't care really, but other than that, I wouldn't do it.
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October 13, 2013 5:18:53 PM

haha funny and reassuring thanks
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