I7k or i5k

ok so im going to be buying a new computer. this will be used just for games. Bf3, skyrim ect. the graphics card im going to be using is a Nivida GTS 450 Top,(not Normal edition), what Cpu do you think i should get a i5k or i7k, like i said it will be used for Games, music, and some movies, will also be getting 8.0GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x 4GB), what do you think will be best?


thanks Amatris
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  1. 2500k
    there is no performance increase in gaming
  2. for gaming i5K is option.

    for video editing,photoshop,converting,cropping, etc + gaming i7K is option.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288

    see in the link both.
  3. 2500k.
    The 2600k gives no benefit for gaming over the 2500k.
  4. ok thanks guys :), i5 with Stock cooling or a after market one?, also Would the i5 need oc? or again would stock be fine for gaming/music ?


    thanks amatris
  5. stock cooler are just fine for stock performance after market coolers are best for overclocking.
  6. stock is fine .. nut if u getting K version why not to oc it ..
    and then u'll need heatsink
    budget ones are CM Hyper212+ or EVO
    Xigmatek Gaia
  7. The 2600k is clocked just 0.1 Ghz above the 2500k....that's about a 3% advantage in gaming for $100. fUnless you also gonna be using apps that utilize hyperthreading, that $100 is hard sell for 3%.

    When ya consider what ya can get out for OC'ing, an aftermarket cooler is a sound investment.

    $25 - Hyper 212 will get ya 4.4 - 4.5Ghz
    $50 - Hyper 612 or Scythe Mugen 3 will get ya 4.6 - 4.7 Ghz (5 - 7C cooler than 212)
    $80 - Silver Arrow will get ya 4.8 - 5.0 Ghz (7 - 10C cooler than 212)

    I use the 450 only in very light gaming PC's .... web based games and such. I'd try and move up to a 680 for $150 or, if possible a factory OC'd 560 Ti for $205

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
  8. well i have 2 set ups and the price is Very close... the first one is..


    Intel H61 Chipset (custom-h61)
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    Customizations:
    CPU: 2066 - Intel Core i5 2500K
    CPU Cooler: 3011 - Thermaltake Frio
    Operating System: 11001 - No Operating System - I will install my own
    Motherboard: 4122 - Gigabyte H61M-S2P
    Memory: 5041 - NEW! 8.0GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x 4GB)
    Hard Drives: 6004 - 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 7003 - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: 8038 - Onboard Video
    Sound card: 10001 - Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Case: 17024 - Xigmatek Asgard
    PSU: 18033 - 500W Xigmatek

    £451.02


    and the 2nd...


    CPU: 2068 - Intel Core i7 2600K
    CPU Cooler: 3015 - NEW! Xigmatek HDT-S963
    Operating System: 11001 - No Operating System - I will install my own
    Motherboard: 4122 - Gigabyte H61M-S2P
    Memory: 5041 - NEW! 8.0GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x 4GB)
    Hard Drives: 6004 - 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 7003 - 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: 8038 - Onboard Video
    Sound card: 10001 - Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Case: 17016 - Piano Black ATX
    PSU: 18027 - 500W PSU

    £472.42
  9. the first is good deal but 2nd is not too expensive just add a little more to get the 2nd so it's more bette.
  10. I would still take the 2500k as it looks like you are getting a cheapo power supply with the 2600k to balance out the cost.

    I really would not recommend the H61 motherboard, you will not be able to do any overclocking on your 2500K/2600K, and, AFAIK, H61 will not be compatible with the upcoming ivy bridge cpu's (somebody correct me here if I am wrong).

    I would highly recommend you go for a P67 motherboard.
  11. with the P67 motherboard it would cost
    £573.71
  12. im looking to buy it from Dino pc as cheep as i can, looking at £540 max if poss. if any one can build me some thing for around that it would be amazing. i dont need Graphics card. or monitor or speakers ect, dont need a sound card. thanks

    amatris.
  13. Thanks, but i want to get it from dino pc, as it will come with 3 years of warranty on the system :S
  14. i just want to add, my graphics card Stock, (nivdia 450) top speeds are

    GPU: 925 MHz, Shader: 1850 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz
  15. i have oc it to shader 2000, and memory 2200 with ease. i think i can get it higher but My psu will have a fit.
  16. Then prepare to pay more money.
  17. yes your psu can hande it.
  18. no i ment my psu at the moment, and i can prepare to spend more money :P, dose scan come with warranty and if so how much is it and for how long?
  19. ok! what is your current psu?
  20. Scan does not provide a warranty as they do not build the PC for you, the component manufacturers provide their own warranty. Dinopcs warranty is useless as each component comes with its own warranty which lasts longer than Dinopcs one year parts warranty.

    The warranty for each individual item is listed in the item links above in my previous post.

    If you want to buy a pre built PC then you have to be prepared to pay a lot more money than it would cost to build it yourself.
    If you want to spend more than you have to then thats your prerogative.
  21. ahh ok sweet thanks. i had enough of building pc's lol, but i might as well Build one more right :), thanks for the build and stuff :)


    amatris
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