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3.6GHz Q6600 vs i5 2500k?

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August 24, 2012 5:00:28 PM

Hi people.

Quick question, Would a Q6600 running @ 3.60GHz Be as fast or faster than the i5 2500k? Or would it be slower? As i have a Q6600 @ 3.60GHz and would like to know if i should upgrade now or just stick with the Q6600 for another year or two.

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August 24, 2012 5:04:10 PM

No question the i5 2500k would be faster. You'd need a new motherboard though. What are your uses with that computer?
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August 24, 2012 5:19:31 PM

Thanks for the reply. My Q6600 is paired with a GTX570 and in the games i play such as MW3 im getting 110fps, gta iv 55-60fps, crysis 2 45fps, bf3 60fps. So would i nee to upgrade considering my performance in games? I mainly game, youtube, toms hardware. I use my laptop for everything else
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August 24, 2012 5:24:05 PM

Well,I'm asssuming that you're not playing at 1080p or you're not turning all the settings up to ultra in the games (i mean battlefield 3 specifically)

But ya. Your computer should last another year or two before being pushed out of being able to game at high settings at 45+ fps. (well... vram usage might bottleneck it since games at 1080p are approaching 1-1.1 gigs on vram usage...)
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August 24, 2012 5:27:25 PM

my monitor is 1080p. And yes i do crank all the settings up to ultra. I have 8gb of ram as thats the maximum limit my mobo will allow.
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August 24, 2012 5:28:31 PM

I would go for the i5 if you could afford it.
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August 24, 2012 5:41:51 PM

Probably wait for another year or so. Jump on Haswell, or if you're willing then Ivy Bridge.

I'm in a similar situation, Q8400 + GTX 560 + 8GB RAM. I'm playing on 1024x768 though.

I just thought that by next year, we'll have games like Far Cry 3, Crysis 3 and other stuff that'll start punishing our generation processors, and haswell should be a significant improvement over ivy bridge. tbh i wan't to jump to DDR4 RAM directly now. Plus thunderbolt should be standard by next year.

Just my opinion really. If you feel your experience isn't optimal, then jump to the i5. It's faster and by a margin. Plus it can OC to 4.6+ GHz...
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August 24, 2012 5:43:28 PM

I'd get the i5, it sounds like you'll need it. It'd cost you around $350 plus shipping on newegg for an i5 2500k and a good mobo.
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August 24, 2012 5:44:34 PM

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August 24, 2012 5:46:23 PM

ojas said:
Probably wait for another year or so. Jump on Haswell, or if you're willing then Ivy Bridge.

I'm in a similar situation, Q8400 + GTX 560 + 8GB RAM. I'm playing on 1024x768 though.

I just thought that by next year, we'll have games like Far Cry 3, Crysis 3 and other stuff that'll start punishing our generation processors, and haswell should be a significant improvement over ivy bridge. tbh i wan't to jump to DDR4 RAM directly now. Plus thunderbolt should be standard by next year.

Just my opinion really. If you feel your experience isn't optimal, then jump to the i5. It's faster and by a margin. Plus it can OC to 4.6+ GHz...



Thanks. This has certainly cleared it up. I think i will go for a i5 2500k. I already have a decent card for now so i may not need to upgrade my card just yet. Thanks again
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January 1, 2013 3:35:41 PM

I have a q6600 3.2GHz 4gig of ram and a GTX 670 and i can run any game in full hd with ultra like crysis 2 i get 60+ frames with dx11 features and that same with battlefield and i get + 40 in batman arkham city with dx11 and physx acceleration on high so should still be fine for crysis 3 and that and if there is a problem i can use razer game booster iff needed.
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