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New build - i5 2500k vs i7 2600k, please help!

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March 20, 2011 6:01:36 AM

Hello all, I've been contemplating getting a new sandy bridge PC around April and am having a hard time picking the right processor. My choices are the i5 2500k for $270 along with the XSPC Rasa RS240 ($140), Thermochill EC6 UV Blue/Clear ($25) and a set of UV reactive lights ($20) *OR* an i7 2600k ($400).

I can only afford one or the other

Purpose of rig: in-depth learning about computer mechanics and hardware, gaming and school (v-editing)
Country of Origin: Australia, Queensland

My real question is - is hyper-threading and the additional 2MB of L3 cache really going to affect me in these circumstances? :sweat: 

While I'm here, I might as well output my rig ideas;
CPU: undecided - 2500k/2600k
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 EVO B3
Graphics card: Asus GTX560
Memory: Corsair 8GB Vengeance 1600MHz CL8
Case: Corsair 650D :love: 
PSU: Corsair HX-850W
HDD: 2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (RAID-1)
Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze - Master Ace

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March 20, 2011 6:05:28 AM

Does your decision to get one or the other effect the quality of the other components in your build? Do you have a certain budget?
March 20, 2011 11:57:55 AM

Sandy Bridge doesn't need watercooling, grab a Noctua D14 or Megahalems and the 2500k or 2600k depending on whether the money means much to you.

Leaning towards the 2500k with more money to bump graphics up a notch. Either to 6870 Crossfire ($440 AU) or a single GTX 570 ($360) if you'd like a bit of freedom to add a second card in the near future. (though 6870CF is the bang for the buck option, equaling or bettering the $550 GTX 580)

Also - Corsair RAM isn't worth the premium - grab the equivalent GSkill, other choices are good in AU