Intel i7 2600k or i5 2500k for gaming? Tags: CPUs Gaming Intel i7 Intel i5 Performance Last response: March 18, 2012 9:01 PM in CPUs Share techboi March 18, 2012 4:40:46 PM Simple question, Is the i7 worth paying £50-100 extra for? Will it make any real difference in terms of performance? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad... or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad... More about : intel 2600k 2500k gaming antonisrsx March 18, 2012 4:43:18 PM if it is only for gaming go with the i5. games dont use HT. amuffin a c 184 à CPUs a b 4 Gaming March 18, 2012 4:45:36 PM For games the i5 is the best, but for desktop apps the i7 is much better. Related resources Intel Core i5 2500k vs Intel Core i7 2600k - Forum Intel Core i7 2600K or The Core i5 2500K ? - Forum I7 2600K or i5 2500K for gaming ? - Forum I7 3820, i7 2600K , i5 2550K or i5 2500K ? - Forum I5 2500k , i7 2600k , i7 3770k, P8z77-v Pro, Ripjaws 2133MHz - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer alegomaster March 18, 2012 4:48:07 PM Most games support up to only two threads of execution. Therefore the 4 extra "virtual" threads you get with the i7 2600k would be wasted. Most people recommend that you use the i5 2500k if you game, and i7 2600k when you use heavily multi-threaded applications such as video editing software. bearclaw99 a b à CPUs March 18, 2012 7:20:35 PM No difference in games vitornob a b à CPUs March 18, 2012 8:51:50 PM Gaming implies using the i5 2500k, nothing more. e56imfg a b à CPUs March 18, 2012 9:01:35 PM +1 for the 2500K. 2500K is the best you can get for gaming. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumI5 2500k vs i7 2600k ForumIntel Core i7 2600K or The Core i5 2500K ? ForumI5 2500k vs i7 2600k . Worth the extra money??? ForumI7 2600k vs i5 2500k ForumCore i7 2600k vs i5 2500k ForumCore i5 2500k vs amd phenom ii x6 vs core i7 2600k ForumI5 2500k or I7 2600k ForumWill this PSU be enough? ForumI5 2500k or phenom 980??? ForumDual Intel XEON E5645 Forum[Solved] Budget Gaming - Recording 960t? ForumIs my 2500K temperature too high? Forum[Solved] I7 2600k Forum[Solved] Is Intel or AMD more power efficent/run cooler ForumBuilding a Gaming CPU More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !