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Which cpu for gaming and graphics?

I am going to build a SB computer in April or May.

I will use it for gaming. Later I will use it for 2-D and 3-D animation making.

Gaming for now.

Which would be good, i52500k or the i7 series?
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  1. i5-2500K gives you more "bang for buck" but if you think you're going to require 'HyperThreading' then it may be useful to go $100 further and grab an i7-2600K
  2. Games do not take advantage of Hyperthreading.

    I would look into the 2D & 3D programs you want to use to find out if they take advantage of Hyperthreading. If they do, then the i7 is probably the way to go.
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    Most of the high end video editing software is multi-threaded. So if you are running Adobe CS5 it does take advantage of all thread available to it. So going with a 2nd generation Intel® Core™ I7 2600k will give you your best performance in that software. The Intel Core™ I5 2500k will give you very good performance but not on par with the 2600k. So the best advice I can give you is to check with the software maker to see if they are multi-threaded and if so how many threads can they take advantage of?

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  4. Just an FYI too...my 2600K is at 4.5 with Hyperthreading enabled. So you can get some killer overclocks will all 8 threads.
  5. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Most of the high end video editing software is multi-threaded. So if you are running Adobe CS5 it does take advantage of all thread available to it. So going with a 2nd generation Intel® Core™ I7 2600k will give you your best performance in that software. The Intel Core™ I5 2500k will give you very good performance but not on par with the 2600k. So the best advice I can give you is to check with the software maker to see if they are multi-threaded and if so how many threads can they take advantage of?

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team


    I read that the i7 can lower the performance in some games. If this is true than should I go for the i52500k or will the i7 2600k be ok?
  6. 2500K is perfect for gaming. Get the 2600K if you use software that can take advantage of multiple threads.
  7. Best answer selected by g335.
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