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April 26, 2011 1:25:40 AM

I need some advice.

My old gaming computer died and I am specc'ing out a new pc.

Case: Coolmaster HAF912
CPU: I am debating between Intel i5-2500k and I7-2600k
MB: Asus P8P67-M Intel P67 mATX MB
RAM: 8GB (2X4 DDR3 1600 dual channel)
Power supply: 800w XtremeGear
HDD: 1.5TB Sata II 3GB 7200rpm
Samsung SH-B123L 12x Blue ray player and DVDRW


Video card:

This where I am having a problem. Funds are limited, so I am trying to figure out whether to go I5-2500k and a better GPU or I7-2600k and a lesser GPU.

My interests:

Main things are #1 and#2
#1-World of warcraft
#2-Flight simulation online
#3 Photoshop CS5 Photo manipulation
#4 Some limited HD video editing.

Interested in any comments or thoughts on CPU/GPU combos......

Thanks in advance

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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 1:36:23 AM

since you plan to do limited video editing, get the i5-2500k. you won't notice any real world difference between the two in non-editing applications and they offer identical performance in gaming. since you play WoW, I would suggest the GTX 460 (very good) or GTX 560ti (better) as Nvidia tends to give you more bang for buck in Blizzard games (although AMD does better in other games so check benchmarks for games you play).
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a c 376 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 1:43:32 AM

Yeah, the i5 is the better value. Just go for that and a better card. What resolution will you be using?
Also, "Xtremegear" PSU? Stick with a good brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, etc.

ct1615 said:
Nvidia tends to give you more bang for buck in Blizzard games (although AMD does better in other games so check benchmarks for games you play).

Nvidia being better for WoW no longer seems to be the case as of Cataclysm;

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6790/17.html
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 1:54:08 AM

interesting, AMD most have closed the gap with new drivers recently. here is a review of the AMD 6850 and it gets beat by the GTX 460 768, same test (ultra settings, DX 11). with jyjjy new benchmark, just get the card that offers the best bang for buck then, regardless of Nvidia/AMD chip.



http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6850/2...
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April 26, 2011 2:05:34 AM

Thanks. I am trying to put together a build on cyberpowerpc for around $1200-$1300 and trying to maximize my choices.
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April 26, 2011 2:28:31 AM

Should I be concerned the i5-2500k does not supper hyper-threading?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 2:54:32 AM

ct1615 said:
interesting, AMD most have closed the gap with new drivers recently. here is a review of the AMD 6850 and it gets beat by the GTX 460 768, same test (ultra settings, DX 11). with jyjjy new benchmark, just get the card that offers the best bang for buck then, regardless of Nvidia/AMD chip.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6850/images/wow_1920_1200.gif

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6850/2...

Yeah, it seems to be as of Cataclysm. Those benchmarks from the HD6850 review are from Lich King.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 3:41:01 AM

that would make sense but the 4.01 patch was already out by then (just not the expansion) hence the DX 11 support in both tests. In fact Lich King zones where tougher on video cards, the new zones do a much better job of stopping ram leaks. I think it's a new driver but I don't have an AMD card so I don't really read up on their release notes. Either way, AMD finally caught up.

http://www.wowwiki.com/Patch_4.0.1
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