Intel i5-2400 vs. i5-2500 (To return or not to return!)

Hey everyone. I have a CPU question and I'll try and make this quick and concise. First, the critical components of my new build on its way:

CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

VIDEO CARDS: 2x EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 IN SLI

MEMORY: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE

HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s


Here is my question:
After I submitted my order, I began to wrestle with my decision to go with the i5-2400 over the i5-2500. We are on a fairly tight budget which is why even the mere $20 difference between these two processors had me wrestling and ultimately opting for the cheaper model. I am not interested in overclocking, so no need for the 2500k discussion. I am an avid MMO game player, and I am looking for a system that will run Star Wars: The Old Republic well and without issues. Will the i5-2400 suit my gaming needs with this system, or should I go through the trouble to return the i5-2400 and grab the i5-2500?

Thanks so much for the feedback in advance!
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  1. Keep what you ordered. You've already stated that overclocking isn't a concern. Your system will run the games you mentioned.
  2. +1 You got to love o1die. Since the only difference between the Intel® Core™ i5-2400 and the Intel Core i5-2500 is 200MHz in speed and since you are gaming it may cost you a few FPS but shouldnt really be an issue.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  3. 2500 is surely fast than 2400
    but 2500 is only around 6% faster than 2400, also 2400 can run any game smoothly in ultra settings in combination with 2x460 cards

    so no need to return it
  4. the difference it will make in games will be barely noticeable, its not worth the $20
  5. Thanks for taking the time to reply guys, really appreciate it and feel confident in keeping the i5 2400 now!
  6. yeah mate has i5 2400 with same ram and mobo and graphics card, there is maybe couple fps in between ours, dont worry great chip.
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