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Intel core i5 2400 or 2500k

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April 10, 2011 5:49:11 PM

Hi, im building my first computer soon for gaming
PNY gtx 560 ti
CORSAIR 4gb 1600 ram
seagate barracuda 500gb 7200rpm hard drive
i dont know whether to buy the core i5 2400 or 2500k will the 2500k improve my games by enough to justify the higher price any suggestions on the cpu and other advice will be greatly appreciated

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April 10, 2011 5:52:55 PM

Whats your Mobo?
if its P67 and you want to try to OC then 2500K it is, though at stock with a GPU i doubt you'll notice a difference.
April 10, 2011 5:59:20 PM

Timop said:
Whats your Mobo?
if its P67 and you want to try to OC then 2500K it is, though at stock with a GPU i doubt you'll notice a difference.


a gigabyte h67, im not really thinking of OCing straight away
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April 10, 2011 6:06:05 PM

or should i just go AMD to save some money does the cpu matter that much for gaming
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April 10, 2011 6:07:54 PM

If you're getting H67 you can't overclock at all, and if you're using a proper graphics card there's no need to get a K series CPU.

Is 200Mhz faster worth £15 (in the UK)? It might be for some, might not be for others.

To be honest though, unless you're going Mini ITX there or need the built-in GPU, there's just no reason to get anything H67 - don't get one, get P67 instead.

If you do get P67 then I'd suggest the 2500K because you can have a go at overclocking it later on.
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April 10, 2011 6:08:33 PM

If its H67 then 2400, you can't OC on that H67 anyways IIRC.
April 10, 2011 6:15:05 PM

Thanks for the advice , i want a p67 but im trying to stay within a 700-750EURO or 1000 to 1100 $ budget, if there was a cheap p67 mobo around 100 euro - 145 $ mark i would definetly buy it
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April 10, 2011 6:18:55 PM

where are you?
April 10, 2011 6:19:49 PM

I live in Ireland so we dont have newegg or ncix :( 
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April 10, 2011 6:31:24 PM

Ireland eh? I'll have a look around and get some ideas.
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April 10, 2011 7:42:42 PM

Well the 2500K OC's like champ, hits around ~4.4GHz easily with the stock heatsink and for ~20$ more, it's a no brainer for me.
And i agree with the Gigabyte P67A UD3, if it's in stock where you live get one of those. If it isn't try to get an ASUS or a MSI P67 board.
April 11, 2011 10:50:53 PM

Are you going to over clock? If you are going to over clock then get the 2500k, all the "k" means is that it has an unlocked multiplier and is easier to over clock. If you do not plan to over clock, the 2400 will do just fine.
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