I7 for $250?

hi

does anyone know if i can grab an i7 2600 for around $250? im on a budget, and do pretty intensive video editing work and dont want to settle for an i5 2500 but might not have a choice. is ebay reliable? ive found a few for around 250

thanks
11 answers Last reply
More about tomshardware
  1. For retail I would say no. Most of the major websites like New Egg had them listed for 300 dollars. If you want to get one cheap Ebay would be your best bet the problem is you don't know what your getting. You could be getting a broken CPU or one that was abused heavily overclocking. I would say save up and get an I7 new or get the I5.
  2. i5-2500k and overclock!
  3. rds1220 said:
    For retail I would say no. Most of the major websites like New Egg had them listed for 300 dollars. If you want to get one cheap Ebay would be your best bet the problem is you don't know what your getting. You could be getting a broken CPU or one that was abused heavily overclocking. I would say save up and get an I7 new or get the I5.



    ok thanks, kinda what i figured. might just grab an i5 then. ur signature says you have an i5 2500k - how is it compared to the i7, in real world situations? is the 100 worth it or just stick with the i5 for a couple of years and then upgrade? (i dont mind upgrading even within a couple of years)
  4. sumkid said:
    ok thanks, kinda what i figured. might just grab an i5 then. ur signature says you have an i5 2500k - how is it compared to the i7, in real world situations? is the 100 worth it or just stick with the i5 for a couple of years and then upgrade? (i dont mind upgrading even within a couple of years)

    i5-2500k is basically a 2600k without hyperthreading.
  5. amuffin said:
    i5-2500k is basically a 2600k without hyperthreading.


    well i know that, but just wndering how much of a noticable boost those threads actually give. now i know in the video editing world they help a lot, but i edit video for youtube at 1080p, and right now have been barely getting by on a core 2 duo notebook. so, will an i5 2500k been a rarely large jump in performance from an old core 2 (1.8ghz) ?
  6. An i5-2500k with a nvidia gpu would be a good choice.
  7. sumkid said:
    well i know that, but just wndering how much of a noticable boost those threads actually give. now i know in the video editing world they help a lot, but i edit video for youtube at 1080p, and right now have been barely getting by on a core 2 duo notebook. so, will an i5 2500k been a rarely large jump in performance from an old core 2 (1.8ghz) ?


    I don't have an I7 but you probably wouldn't really see a noticable difference between the two.
  8. If you're doing heavy video work, the i7 with hyperthreading is the way to go.
    That and 16GB of ram.
  9. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-Core-i7-Nehalem,2057-12.html

    that will probably give you an idea of the i7 over the i5.
  10. :pfff:
    esrever said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-Core-i7-Nehalem,2057-12.html

    that will probably give you an idea of the i7 over the i5.

    Those are 1st gen i7's not second gen ones
  11. its the same hyperthreading. the % are going to be pretty much the same.
Ask a new question

Read More

CPUs Intel i7 Video Editing