Which one performs better? Haven't seen any benchmarks comparing them. I will be video/music editing not just gaming. Will also overclock to around 4.5 or a bit more if it's stable.
I bought the i5 3570 because i got 20 dollar coupon making it 220.00, also the lower power consumption, the 22nm die shrink, and in the future i will give it to mom with no video card.
The i7 2600 will outperform in windows score, it will out perform overall with higher power consumption but i think the performance gains are really only useful in multi-threaded apps.
Note the hyper-threading on the i7 makes a lot more head you wight might want to water cool. (lots more power)
Me being budget gamer and overclocker i went with the I5 3570 its stable up to 4.7 i run it at 4.2
I5 3570 / Asus z77 Extereme 4
HD 6950 / Crucial M4
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