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

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December 5, 2011 2:41:33 PM

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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December 5, 2011 3:21:47 PM

Keep what you ordered. You've already stated that overclocking isn't a concern. Your system will run the games you mentioned.
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December 5, 2011 3:50:50 PM

+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
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December 5, 2011 4:17:59 PM

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
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December 5, 2011 4:24:31 PM

the difference it will make in games will be barely noticeable, its not worth the $20
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December 5, 2011 4:58:27 PM

Thanks for taking the time to reply guys, really appreciate it and feel confident in keeping the i5 2400 now!
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December 5, 2011 5:17:47 PM

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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