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June 3, 2011 4:50:25 PM

Situation
- Building my first gaming RIG and I want it to run smooth for at least 3 years without upgrades
- I plan to play CoD style/component demanding games and I am going to Fraps game play and I want smoooooooth game play while recording!

Question

I need to know if I should:

Save $100 and buy an i5-2500

or Spend $75/$100 on an i7-2600/2600k

I cant seem to get a solid answer from reviews. I am leaning towards the i7 because of my needs.

Thanks for reading- any advice is very appreciated!

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June 3, 2011 4:54:38 PM

Well, i would buy a good gpu with that usd100 and still get the i5 2500k, do you think hyperthreading and 2mb of extra cache is worth $100?

And with games you need a good gpu for smooooooth game play, you dont need a good cpu for that.Hope that explains everything.
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June 3, 2011 6:02:06 PM

99% of games do not use hyperthreading. Therefore you will have virtually no difference between the two in gaming. The 2500K is your obvious choice
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June 3, 2011 7:06:42 PM

Would you say get the i5 and nvidia 580 vs. The i7 and the nvidia 570?
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June 3, 2011 7:08:58 PM

Also, would it not help to have the i7 processor if I was recording or is there no difference?
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June 3, 2011 7:11:33 PM

No the nvidia gtx580 is very overpriced.I would say get the gtx 560ti in SLI with i5 2500k.2 gtx 560tis also would cost the same as a gtx 580.
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June 3, 2011 7:14:23 PM

I would say get the i5 2500K with the 570 GTX. The 580 GTX is only 10-15% better at $200 more
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June 3, 2011 7:15:27 PM

Alright; however what performance (recording) wise would be better 2 560's or 1 580.
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June 3, 2011 7:21:07 PM

99% of your needs should be good at i5 2500k with gtx 560ti in SLI
However make sure you get a support SLI mobo that runs at 8x/8x speeds.The 16x/4x is not recommended.
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June 3, 2011 7:25:13 PM

Right now almost no games will take advantage of more than 3 threads. Now since the main advantage that the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K has over the Intel Core i5-2500K is hyper-threading and since the extra 4 threads from hyper-threading isn’t an advantage in gaming you might as well step down to the Intel Core i5-2500K and save about $100. So if you are going to be doing any video/audio or some other heavily multi-thread application then the Intel Core i7-2600K is a great processor. Otherwise go with the Intel Core i5-2500K.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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June 3, 2011 7:27:02 PM

Alright thank you so much!!! Im going with the i5 for sure then and I might get the 570 vs the dual 560s only Bc it is cheaper and at x-mas I shold have enough $$ to afford a second 570. Though it not easy making $$ at 16 xD
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June 3, 2011 7:28:43 PM

XxH34dshotxX said:
Alright thank you so much!!! Im going with the i5 for sure then and I might get the 570 vs the dual 560s only Bc it is cheaper and at x-mas I shold have enough $$ to afford a second 570. Though it not easy making $$ at 16 xD

I still hope you choose carefully for a good SLI mobo.

And REMEMBER that the gtx560 has 2 versions:
gtx 560
gtx 560ti
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June 3, 2011 7:49:19 PM

Ahhh so many options... I have a feeling my 1st rig will take along time to piece. I only have 3 parts finalized. 'thankfully' cyber power limits my options somewhat :p 
Also, the mobo I am buying is called the ASUS p8p67 deluxe p67 chipsets. I no nothing about mobos though - critique welcome :D 
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June 3, 2011 7:52:20 PM

What software are you going to use to record your games? This will determine if the i7 is a better choice. Remember guys he wants to both play games and record them.
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June 3, 2011 7:54:50 PM

i5 2500k hands down!...
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June 3, 2011 7:55:09 PM

As far as recording goes I will be using Fraps unless you can recomend something else.
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June 3, 2011 7:58:41 PM

Alright so the i5 it is! I'm leaning towards the 570 as my gpu since I can sli in the future and it will be perfect until then. Mobo wise I am a massive noob so I need to do some reading on those now. Thank you everyone!!!! Extra advice is still welcome However ;D
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June 3, 2011 8:01:42 PM

I think you're better off with the i5 (like the others are saying), there are plenty of forums that say fraps doesn't take advantage of hyperthreading, but I wasn't able to find any real data to conclude this.

Without any benchmark data my gut tells me you're better off with the i5 and a better GPU.
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June 3, 2011 8:06:50 PM

Well now that I have the extra $100 I'm going to get a Sata 120gb HDD :D  thanks for the clarification it makes things easier for me :D 
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June 3, 2011 8:08:55 PM


It might take a little performance hit.However it depends on you.
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June 3, 2011 8:14:15 PM

Interesting chart - There is a fair difference there. Now it will depend on how much $$ I can make and how much I spend on other components.
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June 3, 2011 8:17:59 PM

Sorry,
Yes the i5 2500k is capable but you would take some performance hit on gaming with fraps, However i cant be certain if it is worth the i5 2500k.Most people use fraps with i5 2500k and its ok.But i still cant find anymore info on fraps and its requirements.
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June 3, 2011 8:22:44 PM

There is also the availibility of wegames
It also records games.
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June 3, 2011 8:39:41 PM

Just go with the i5 2500K
Buy a nice GPU instead, remember that the GPU is the most important component when it comes to gaming.
If you're on a budget, go with an ATI card, they are cheaper and better.
The XFX Radeon 6970 beats the Nvidia GTX 580 at some tasks, even though the 580 costs twice as much as the 6970 - at least here in Norway
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June 3, 2011 8:50:40 PM

Thank you Ghander!! That was what I needed.
@ thara I feel more comfortable with the Nvidia card since I've only ever used Nvidia and a lot of reviews rave about the 570.
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June 3, 2011 10:02:16 PM

Good links Ghander. For just gaming the i5 is a clear winner (per dollar), but I get the feeling you might be multitasking enough to justify the upgrade to the i7. Let us know what you decide for your final build.
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June 3, 2011 11:07:51 PM

I will for sure although that will most likely be in mid july :D . Thanks guys!
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June 11, 2011 3:03:18 AM

Best answer selected by xxh34dshotxx.
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September 7, 2011 6:15:57 PM

hi, i'm buying a combo of i7 2600K - maximus IV extreme - sata-3 2 Tb. 5400 rpm 32 mb ... i think that mobo cambines nice dont'ya think people? :)  opinions?
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September 7, 2011 9:10:01 PM

Hello again! Thanks for the help. The Rig is running smooth now with a i5-2500K! It's very nice but I'n sure a little more speed wouldn't hurt! If you have the extra $$ def. get the 2600k; although in the end the 2500k does a AMAZING JOB!
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September 7, 2011 9:11:12 PM

lestat12 said:
hi, i'm buying a combo of i7 2600K - maximus IV extreme - sata-3 2 Tb. 5400 rpm 32 mb ... i think that mobo cambines nice dont'ya think people? :)  opinions?


Sounds good but a 5400 rpm is pretty meh- you'd load in to games quicker and it would be overall better to have a 7200 rpm or SSD :o 
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October 1, 2011 2:36:09 AM

IntelEnthusiast said:
if you are going to be doing any video/audio or some other heavily multi-thread application then the Intel Core i7-2600K is a great processor.
Which common applications will benefit from the HT?

In particular, I'm wondering about professional photo editing, business apps, and Access and SQL databases.
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October 30, 2011 10:08:45 AM

XxH34dshotxX said:
Situation
- Building my first gaming RIG and I want it to run smooth for at least 3 years without upgrades
- I plan to play CoD style/component demanding games and I am going to Fraps game play and I want smoooooooth game play while recording!

Question

I need to know if I should:

Save $100 and buy an i5-2500

or Spend $75/$100 on an i7-2600/2600k

I cant seem to get a solid answer from reviews. I am leaning towards the i7 because of my needs.

Thanks for reading- any advice is very appreciated!

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October 30, 2011 10:32:32 AM

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