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I5 2500 vs i7 2600?

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February 1, 2012 3:08:20 PM

I'm building my 1st computer, woo hoo go me! LOL

Having said that i dont know TOO much about CPU's and what not. Here is my predicament. I have 2 processors picked out, the i5 2500 and the i7 2600.

What are the differences? Is it really worth the extra $100 bucks to get the i7 over the i5?

Here are the links to em:

i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

~Cory

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February 1, 2012 3:20:53 PM

Well, it depends on what you would be using your pc primarily.? The I5 is a great performer and will be good for gaming.
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February 1, 2012 3:23:27 PM

I'm going to be using the computer for nothing but gaming, maybe a little video editing here and there.
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February 1, 2012 3:26:18 PM

Then in my opinion you won't be needing an I7, the I5 is just fine, well priced performance/price ratio.
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February 1, 2012 3:29:12 PM

The difference between the Intel® Core™ i5-2500 and the Intel Core i7-2600 comes down to 3 things. they are...

Intel Core i7-2600 has
-hyper-threading
-100MHz faster clock speed
-2MB more cache

In games these differences would make little difference but in some video edit you will see better performance with Intel Core i7-2600. Now unless you are looking for VT-d support you might want to think about getting a "K" processor to take advantage of its unlocked feature in the future.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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February 1, 2012 3:29:30 PM

Alright cool :)  What is the i7 used for more? If not gaming that is. What is the real difference between the i7 and the i5 besides the .1 ghz more speed?
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February 1, 2012 3:30:15 PM

Thank you very much for all the quick reponses :) 
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February 1, 2012 3:43:27 PM

for highly threaded work the i7 would be better, a quad is good for a while (3+ yrs?) in gaming circles. Consider a Z68 board and the 2500K, and apply a simple (and generally safe) overclock by raising the multiplier, and hopefully end up at around 4.2+Ghz
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