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July 11, 2011 6:42:12 AM

Long story short: Micro Center has a deal for $40 off a 1155 compatible MoBo when you buy a 2500k (or i7 but that's out of my price range and needs). I can get a decent board for OC at $75 this way, however, I can also save $40 more than that by getting a board that is an h61 or h67. Being that the 2500k is only $30 more than a 2400, it's still smarter to get the 2500k even without an OC capable board.

Question is: I'm probably not going to get an aftermarket cooler so I'm looking at about 1.2 Ghz max gain on the 2500k if I OC it. For someone who's only regular, hardware intensive activity is gaming, is it worth $40 to OC? How much more longevity would OC give the CPU than stock speeds and what practical differences would I really see in games? Keep in mind I'm a college student and really do need to save as much money as possible.

Or is it just worthless if I don't overclock and I should switch to an i3 to save even more.

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July 11, 2011 7:09:10 AM

If your just a gamer with 1 grand to spend on a computer than get an i3 and a killer video card like an GTx 580 with an i3 2120... Nearly every games is based on "FPS" which is what the VideoCard do... This is just an example... BTW the i3 has 4 virtual cores so it's the same as 2600 but with 2 less cores with lower Speed...
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July 11, 2011 2:04:50 PM

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BTW the i3 has 4 virtual cores so it's the same as 2600 but with 2 less cores with lower Speed..


That makes absolutely zero sense. i3 has 2 virtual cores, not 4.

That's like saying a Ford Focus is the same as a Ford Mustang but with 4 less cylinders and less speed. It's not even close to the same.

There is no point in getting an unlocked cpu with a motherboard that cannot overclock.

Get yourself a i5-2400 and a H67 and your good to go for a few years. Unless your running 2 or more high end graphics cards, there is no point in overclocking the cpu.
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July 11, 2011 3:02:25 PM

geekapproved said:
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BTW the i3 has 4 virtual cores so it's the same as 2600 but with 2 less cores with lower Speed..


That makes absolutely zero sense. i3 has 2 virtual cores, not 4.

That's like saying a Ford Focus is the same as a Ford Mustang but with 4 less cylinders and less speed. It's not even close to the same.

There is no point in getting an unlocked cpu with a motherboard that cannot overclock.

Get yourself a i5-2400 and a H67 and your good to go for a few years. Unless your running 2 or more high end graphics cards, there is no point in overclocking the cpu.


Stock speed 2500k is still better than the 2400 correct? Because at Micro Center the cost is $180 and $150 respectively, however with $40 off any 1155 motherboard the 2500k will cost me $10 less in the final total. Being that I stick to mid-range graphics cards I think I'll skip OC for now. Thank you for the answer!
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July 11, 2011 4:21:00 PM

The 2500k is 200mhz faster than 2400, so it's up to you if it's worth the extra money.

You can however overclock the 2400 200mhz and match the 2500 speed, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking. But, then again, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking, you might as well get the 2500K.

LOL

Decisions, decisions...
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July 11, 2011 6:27:16 PM

geekapproved said:
The 2500k is 200mhz faster than 2400, so it's up to you if it's worth the extra money.

You can however overclock the 2400 200mhz and match the 2500 speed, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking. But, then again, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking, you might as well get the 2500K.

LOL

Decisions, decisions...



2500k - $180
motherboard - minus $40

2400 - $150
motherboard - full price

180-40 = 140, 140 < 150

So with the same MoBo the 2500k costs $10 less. Just wanted to make this as clear as possible so future thread readers don't think I'm an idiot for buying a 2500k without OC. :D 
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July 11, 2011 8:08:22 PM

geekapproved said:
The 2500k is 200mhz faster than 2400, so it's up to you if it's worth the extra money.

You can however overclock the 2400 200mhz and match the 2500 speed, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking. But, then again, if you get a motherboard capable of overclocking, you might as well get the 2500K.

LOL

Decisions, decisions...


No one will ever notice 200 mhz

I would recommend getting a 2500k, you won't regret it. (assuming you get p67 or z68)
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July 13, 2011 6:07:10 AM

honestly for gaming, you only need a dual core unless you plan on playing ported games like gta4. but i wouldnt suggest buying an i5 just because you dont need it. i think staying on the AMD Phenom II side is a better budget gaming set up

The reason why i say this is because majority of games run better from having more L3 cache memory. which the phenom II series have this and the 555 is a Dual core that can easily reach over 3.5 ghz since it has an unlocked multiplier

If you are only gaming i dont think you will need to spend more than 100 dollars on a cpu as long as it is a Phenom II. The Intel processors are way more powerful and thats why they hold a higher price tag but i feel that they are unnecessary unless you are doing more than gaming. choosing between an i3 and a phenom II for gaming i think everyone can vouche that AMD wins

along with a "great gaming pc on a budget" i would suggest getting 4 gbs of ddr3 with a motherboard that can overclock. and get a very highend video card depending on monitor/resolution size.

i based the cpu choice off this article explaining amd vs intel prices. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1507/18/

i personally have a 955be which is a quad core version of the 555 and its only 60 more dollars online so if you do want a quad core i run mine with 4 gbs of ram with a 5870 at 1920x1080 as for gaming i dont see any exception at running games at highest settings except for crysis since i leave my cpu at 3.2 and final fantasy 14 which i run at standard settings for smoother frame rates.
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July 13, 2011 5:04:21 PM

Honestly, the i5-2500k overclocks well even on the stock heatsink if I'm correct. You would be able to get a lot more out of it than 1.2 extra ghz from an overclock. The i3 isn't a bad choice but I think more an more games are actually starting to take advantage of 4 cores.
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July 13, 2011 10:01:04 PM

they have been saying that stuff for years now, atleast 4 years. most games only use 2 cores because they want better compatibility with normal computers id say if you do want a quadcore go with a 955 Black edition. irsoccor05 and i both have it
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July 14, 2011 12:58:29 AM

If you don't get what you need, you will have paid too much.

If you get the 2500K, it is because you plan on sometime overclocking it.
That requires a P67 or Z68 based motherboard.
The 2500K unoverclocked performs at 3.3. With a conservative overclock, it will be 4.0 or more. That is a significant jump.

The stock cooler will be fine for a 4.0 overclock.

If your budget will allow, the 2500K will serve you for a long time, and through a couple of graphic card upgrades.

On the other hand, if your budget does not permit, then the i3-2100 is a good cpu for a lesser budget.
It has the advantage that you can afford a stronger video card which is really the critical component in gaming.

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July 16, 2011 12:12:25 AM

g4kioN1 said:
honestly for gaming, you only need a dual core unless you plan on playing ported games like gta4. but i wouldnt suggest buying an i5 just because you dont need it.


dual cores are horrible for gaming now. i have a e8400 @ 4.0ghz, and 6950, and the cpu cant play bfbc2 with 40+ frames all the time on 1920x1080, it keeps going to 20s when theres lots of action going on. the frames dont change when i set the graphics to low or high, and the cpu stays on 100% usage while gpu is at 40-50%.

theres no point getting dual core now, i5 2500k isnt even alot of money :) 
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