I had a quick question, many of the people over at the New Build forums have recommended the i5 series, specifically the i5-2600k for its overclocking abilities. If I didnt overclock, would an i7 with its superior Hyper Threading be more beneficial? What are some pros vs. cons of the i5 vs. i7?
Ill provide the build I was looking into below for some extra details. This is ofcouse a gaming PC.
-COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
The pros are the i7 has hyper threading and has a faster clock speed, the cons are it costs more. There are a bajillion benchmarks out there that basically say "go with the i5 if gaming is the primary processor intensive use". The i7 offers more to other processing tasks than it does to your FPS rate.
The i7 is Intel’s top-range chip. It is designed for the best performance Intel can currently offer. They are significantly faster than the chips they replaced (LGA775).
The i5 line is a mid-range/budget chip. It is meant for applications where cost is more important than overall performance. It’s secondary function is a replacement for LGA775 (Core 2) processors in the Intel product line.
The above link shows a comparison between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k. Check out the relevant benchmarks. If they make you feel that the i7 is worth the extra 100$ then sure go for it. If you have no budget limits then might as well drop all analysis and get the i7 2600k. Its currently the fastest desktop processor available.
The differences between the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and the Intel Core i7-2600K come down to just two things. The Intel Core i7-2600K has hyper-threading which allows support for 4 additional threads to be run at the same time. Because of the hyper-threading software like video/audio edit or some other heavily multi-threaded applications can receive a performance boost. Also the Intel Core i7-2600K is clocked 100MHz faster than the Intel Core i5-2500K. Now sense there are very few games that will take advantage of more than 3 threads the value for hyper-threading on a gaming computer is very minimal. So if you are building this system for gaming you need to ask your self is it worth $100 to get a 100MHz performance increase? Most of gamer out there don’t believe so.