I5 2500k or i7 2600k?

I am building a gaming computer and I can't decide between an i5 2500k or an i7 2600k. More in depth on what I would be using it for, I want to record all my BF3 gameplay in fraps so I need to be able to keep a steady 60 fps or high while recording. Here are the other components for the build: http://i.imgur.com/3cqSG.png Will an i5 and those components keep a steady 60 fps on ultra with a 1920x1080 resolution?

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  1. depends on the graphics card you have
  2. 2600k is not really any better for gaming.
  3. gaming the 2500k wins out, there is no real benefits to the 2600k apart from a tiny increase in oc ability and 1-2'c lower running temp. if you do heavy photoshop then it may be worth the extra to get a 2600k but for most other things the 2500k will hold its own and in gaming will outperform the 2600k by a very small margin on games that dont like hyperthreading
  4. For gaming the I5 2500K! Match it with a couple of high end GPU's in SLI/CF and you will do fine. AMD cards http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-12.html (HD7970 missing and would do well)
    Nvidia cards http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-7.html
  5. Other than to say that I agree with the other posters, I have nothing else to add.
  6. popatim said:
    depends on the graphics card you have

    GPU and everything else is in the picture in the original post.
  7. ThomasJazz said:
    GPU and everything else is in the picture in the original post.

    GTX580 55fps on Ultra http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-7.html
    So the answer to your question is NO! (limited by GPU)
  8. rolli59 said:
    GTX580 55fps on Ultra http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-7.html
    So the answer to your question is NO! (limited by GPU)

    My friend has an i7 2600 and a GTX 570 and that runs BF3 on ultra with about 65 fps in every map.
  9. the i5 is better than the i7.

    the i7 is a downgrade because of hyperthreading.

  10. It depends on if you are doing any video editing and stuff like that.
  11. Save the $100 and go for an i5.
    Take the $100 you saved and get a 7970 :)
  12. imho i5 2500k is dollar for dollar pretty much the best gaming chip around.
  13. If u can afford it, get 2600K, as it is great for the video and photo and audio editing.

    But if u don't do any of these, it will be a waste of money and all the gamers here will tell u to get a better GPU : )
  14. nikorr said:
    If u can afford it, get 2600K, as it is great for the video and photo and audio editing.

    But if u don't do any of these, it will be a waste of money and all the gamers here will tell u to get a better GPU : )

    I edit videos as well but gaming is my main priority. I can deal with a little bit slower video editing for $100 less.
    How does this build look: http://i.imgur.com/qOpdP.png?
  15. looks good on the build. might want to try for a custom 7970 because the reference can be a bit loud and hot.
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