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I5 2500K State Of Play

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November 30, 2011 1:56:28 PM

I've been away from the forums for a while and I'm being fantastically lazy with this question.

The i5 2500K seemed to be the weapon of choice for plenty of gaming builds. Is this still the case or has the advice changed?

Also I'm assuming this CPU is fine in combination with a 6950?

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November 30, 2011 2:12:41 PM

In a word, YES!
November 30, 2011 2:31:10 PM

Also, I do not have one, but was thinking about upgrading to the 2500k since Ivy bridge has been delayed. THough in reality, i dont really NEED to upgrade as I can play just about everything i want at 1080p with the i5 760 right now.
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November 30, 2011 2:31:56 PM

It is still the best price performance by far and can be overclocked to 4.5 with ease and further if you work with it.

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November 30, 2011 3:49:40 PM

Right now very few games can take advantage of more then 4 threads, those that do really don't give much of an advantage for it (only a couple % points at most). Now since the price difference between the Intel Core i5-2500K and the Intel Core i7-2600K is almost a $100 and in games there is very little difference between them the general advise is that it is better to spend that $100 on something else in your build and get more performance for your money.

Now if you are going to do some heavy audio/video creation work then the additional threads on the Intel Core i7-2600K or even with the Intel Core i7-3930K or the Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition can yield some advantages for you.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
December 7, 2011 7:37:39 AM

Best answer selected by Rusting In Peace.