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I5 2500k vs i7 2600k

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January 10, 2011 9:57:06 AM

I am not in a position to make a build of my own, but i have been seeing you guys making uber 2k++ builds and my question is thus.....

Whatever maybe your budget I am really not a big fan of the i7 2600k. For 100$ less and about 97% of cpu performance, its a no brainer for i5 2500k? I mean, had the i7 16x cf\sli, I could agree. But seriously, I dont even understand how these 2 cpus are 100$ apart. HT is all well and good, but its really made no contribution to real world benchmarks(and no way to games). No?? Just seems either the i7 has to come down or the i5 should go up in price to atleast 250$. :o 


Also, I wonder with just 10-15$ cheaper cpus of intel non k, who in their right minds gonna buy one. I am refferring to i5 2500 for 210$ and i7 2600 for 310 $. Only the i5 2400 @ 195 makes any sense. I suppose the i5 2300 should be a lil cheaper than 185$ since its almost 0.3ghz slower than 2400 and no OC means it really does matter. Sorry, I am rapping you great ppl, just a lil curious.

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January 10, 2011 10:14:15 AM

That's how it works with computer hardware. The top model often being a low percentage performance increase from the model just below but substantially more $. Dollars per performance will never be an exact or logical ratio, rather it's upto the consumer to find the 'sweet spot' where performance VS dollars balances favourably. As you say with the latest Sandy Bridge CPUs that spot, particularly for gamers, would appear to be the i5 2500k. Good luck finding one. At least for us in Aussie Land (sighs)...
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January 10, 2011 10:41:21 AM

I do understand that performance per dollar is not going to be the same, especially in the higher end. But the i7 and i5 are so close in performance, it sounds ridiculous to me. Its like paying 225$ for i7 920 and paying 325$ for i7 930. IMO, the difference is that small. Please I really wanna know, why everyone is recommending the i7s. I clearly remember those days when i7 950 was going for 500$ and absolutely nobody got it over the i7 920. I am indeed confused.
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March 15, 2011 4:03:32 AM

wrazor said:
I do understand that performance per dollar is not going to be the same, especially in the higher end. But the i7 and i5 are so close in performance, it sounds ridiculous to me. Its like paying 225$ for i7 920 and paying 325$ for i7 930. IMO, the difference is that small. Please I really wanna know, why everyone is recommending the i7s. I clearly remember those days when i7 950 was going for 500$ and absolutely nobody got it over the i7 920. I am indeed confused.


Sorry about my ignorance, I was quoted
GA p67A-UD3R --$185
i7 2600 cpu --$360
1G GTX 460SE--$220
does the combination seem right????

This is from local computer store in Sydney
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March 15, 2011 6:06:31 AM

wrazor said:
I do understand that performance per dollar is not going to be the same, especially in the higher end. But the i7 and i5 are so close in performance, it sounds ridiculous to me. Its like paying 225$ for i7 920 and paying 325$ for i7 930. IMO, the difference is that small. Please I really wanna know, why everyone is recommending the i7s. I clearly remember those days when i7 950 was going for 500$ and absolutely nobody got it over the i7 920. I am indeed confused.

Well the 920 and 950 are the same cpu's except for the clock freq. In this case there is no reason to go for the faster one when you can clock the 920. Now the 2500k vs 2600k they are not the same. There are features on the 2600k that is not on the 2500k.
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March 15, 2011 9:18:29 AM

moodys11 said:
Sorry about my ignorance, I was quoted
GA p67A-UD3R --$185
i7 2600 cpu --$360
1G GTX 460SE--$220
does the combination seem right????

This is from local computer store in Sydney


$360 for a i7 2600? Thats absurd lol. I am buying a 2600k brand new for $296.76. Doesn't make sense.
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March 18, 2011 3:14:25 PM

luckychalmz said:
$360 for a i7 2600? Thats absurd lol. I am buying a 2600k brand new for $296.76. Doesn't make sense.


Welcome to Australia.
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January 2, 2012 5:57:59 PM

I think you're paying for HT more than anything else.
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