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2500k vs 3570k (Specific questions inside)

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Best i5 for my purposes?

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  • 2500k
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  • 34 %
November 3, 2012 8:26:56 AM

Hey, guys!

I know there is a huge number of threads already covering this topic, including one created and that's still in the very first page, it's just because I didn't feel like hijacking his thread, and I have a very specific set of questions. Also, sorry for my english, I hope to be at least comprehensible.

I'm moving from my granpa Q6600 - RIP, my dear friend - to a new rig and I'm definitely getting either the i5 2500k or 3570k. Thing is, in my country the i5 2500k costs about $285 while the 3570k costs $320. Importing is not an option because we must pay an additional 60% of the product price in taxes!! I'd be eternally glad if you guys could send a SEAL squad to bust some caps on all of our s***** bureacrauts. [/rant]

I'm leaning towards the 2500k because it's not only cheaper, but I loved all the raving reviews on newegg. BUT, I have also seen a lot of people saying that the 3570k should be considered because of more effective OCs, and also for the sake of being the newer technology.

Some things to consider:

- I don't plan to game on it at all anytime soon, maybe some old games, but nothing fancy until GTAV comes out. I'll use the integrated GPU for a while. Before it come out, I'll probably acquire a cost-effective, mid to high end card.

- I'll use it specifically for multiple virtual machines, 3 running simultaneously at most. Also, I'm intent to OC both processors because it's just a too good opportunity to pass by, but only to a safer then safe level (I wouldn't raise the voltages on the 3570k, for example, and wouldn't bother to raise the 2500k over 4.2~4.5Ghz). I'd be glad if you guys could tell me if the differences on power consumption on 24/7 should be relevant.

- I'm not sure if other specs matter, but I'll be acquiring a set of 2x4GB @1600 (still undecided), a good mobo for OC but also looking for cost effectiveness, and I'll be using the HD3000~4000 for a while as mentioned before.

Sorry for taking too long guys, I must stress that I'm very insecure here about which one to pick... Peace

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November 3, 2012 9:13:13 AM

I think 2500k suits better for your needs. Better bang for buck, if that's what you want.
November 3, 2012 11:06:27 AM

The one thing better about the 3570k is the HD4000 though, it's very underestimated as i can play almost anything i throw at it. i'm just using the IGPU until christmas when i get a 670 or 680 etc but it's surprised me an awul lot!
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November 3, 2012 12:55:08 PM

3570K Ofcourse for the HD 4000 if you play at 1280x1024 u can play almost any game med/high so yes i agree with alex ^