Thanks for the response. Yes, ill probably gonna go for a i5-2500k but I was just wondering if it was worth paying more. I was hoping i could save some money and get a lesser i5. I was worried that the cheaper i5's couldnt handle CF 6870s since for instance the i5-2300 is only 2.3ghz. Sorry, I am not that well versed in CPU's.
i5 2500k =3.3ghz
it can be overclocked on stock cooler to around 4.0ghz.
And most of the p67 chipsets only support sli or cf at good x8/x8 speeds and also it is only the p67 chipset that is able to support overclocking, most h67 have a limited mutiplier set.So my greatest recommendation is to buy a i5 2500k
I wanted to cheap out and buy the i5 2300 but Ill reconsider shelling out for the i5 2500k. I was just wondering about it as a price per performance issue. I guess the 2500k is more future proof? But would upgrading it be necessary to avoid like system slow-downs, poor performance, and other problems?
No..If you really want you can get it sure nothing wrong with the i5 2300 but the i5 2500k is the more the bang of the buck type of buy.It is like 10% faster than i5 2300 stock clocks.If you can overclock you can get 40% more speed on your cpu.
Hey thanks for responding to me multiple times! Yes, I am enlightened now but I probably wont overclock because I want my CPU to last a long time. I guess I will spend a little more and get a more higher value CPU. thanks!
A modest overclock will have virtually no effect on a CPU's lifespan. It's only when you start to push things significantly that it will have a real impact.
A 2500k is normally 3.3 stock, 3.7 turbo. With virtually no effort you can disable turbo and set it to 3.8 (what the 2600k runs at on turbo by default) There you have 15% base performance without doing anything more than changing one number. (4.0 should be just as simply unless you are unlucky with what chip you get)
Virtually any $20 aftermarket cooler should let you reach 4.2 at minimum, and is a good base level to aim for if you want to play it very conservative. While coolers in the $30-40 range will usually get you at least 4.5.
It really has to do with what voltage your CPU will hit a certain speed at. Most people see 1.4v as the line where it starts to negatively affect lifespan, and depending on the CPU you get, you may hit 4.5, or 5.0 under that threshold. But I don't think I've read anyone saying that 4.2, let along 3.8, is detrimental to your CPU's lifespan.