Intel Core i7 2600K or The Core i5 2500K?

Which one is a better value? I only use my computer primarily for gaming, lots and lots of gaming. Will the 2500K be worth the reduced price, or should I go for the gold and buy the 2600K? The winner is paired with a Corsair H70 Water Cooler and housed in a Coolermaster HAF X, motherboard is yet to be decided. Thanks for reading my question, hope someone can clear the fog in these two decisions!
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  1. whats funny about this post is I am deciding also. I also have the H70 and The HAF X...lol Well, the 2600k has HT and 2500k doesnt. Games DO NOT use HT so the 2500k is what I am getting because gaming is what I also do. Hope this helped...
  2. Why did you repost the same topic??

    Still, the 2600K will be better all around, but the 2500K scores extremely close to it on gaming. You would be fine with the 2500K, however if you can afford to go higher the 2600K will last longer.

    Also as far as motherboards go the ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASUS P8P67 Deluxe are good options
  3. 2500k for gaming.
  4. yes, stick with ASUS motherboards for now. I like the new UEFI setup they have and the Maximus board looks promising
  5. i5 2500K has my vote if you are talking about price to performance. And that is for gaming of course.

    If you do video editing, you want hyper threading and so you should go with the i7.
  6. The 2500K is definitely the 'power and versitility at a good price' Sandy Bridge processor.
    Kaori Cpu said:
    yes, stick with ASUS motherboards for now. I like the new UEFI setup they have and the Maximus board looks promising

    The Asus uEFI solution has been pretty enjoyable to use so far too. I'm a little curious to see how Gigabyte's uEFI ended up (it finally made it out of beta some time during this week). It wasn't there in time for most mobo reviews I've read so far. I typically like Gigabyte... but went Asus this time.
  7. juicycrapachino said:
    Which one is a better value? I only use my computer primarily for gaming, lots and lots of gaming. Will the 2500K be worth the reduced price, or should I go for the gold and buy the 2600K? The winner is paired with a Corsair H70 Water Cooler and housed in a Coolermaster HAF X, motherboard is yet to be decided. Thanks for reading my question, hope someone can clear the fog in these two decisions!


    For gaming, i would say the 2500k.

    If you were doing something like rendering or anything else thats multi threaded cpu intensive, i would recommend the 2600k. ;)
  8. its a 100 dollar difference get the 2600k! :P
  9. xxsk8er101xx said:
    its a 100 dollar difference get the 2600k! :P


    That $100 difference could break the bank :kaola:
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