I bought an i7 2600 after previously owning a i5 2500K. I am new to computer building and never OC before. Now that I bought the 2600, I am sort of regretting buying it. People are telling me that I should have kept the 2500K because I could OC it past the 2600. The only reason I sold my 2500K is that I never planned on OC and the 2600 is faster.
So my question is, is do I really need to OC. What are the benefits with and without? And does it even make a difference in gaming?
How is it a downgrade? I don't plan on overclocking and HT is a plus when video editing. Besides, certain games are starting to make use of HT and eventually (in the next 5 years) HT will be a standard feature.