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I know there is a small difference in performance that could mean a lot in certain aspects, but there is a rather large price difference yet the frequency of the two are the same and both are overclockable.. both at 3.4 - 3.8 Ghz so which one is better to buy when you're looking to game hardcore? The i5 seems to be the obviouse better buy, but would it be able to compete with the 2600k when it comes to enthusiast gaming?
 
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The 2600K has Hyperthreading so it has 4 cores and 8 threads where as the i5 2550 has 4 cores and 4 threads. In gaming only the i5 is better because no games can take advantage of the extra 4 threads that Hyperthreading provides in the i7. In video rendering/encoding and other highly threaded apps the i7 wins hands down.

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well the 2550k doesn't support hyperthreading and it also doesn't come with integrated graphics. I won't have enough money to complete my build at once. The graphics card is the last component I'm getting. Also the 2550k has less L3 cache...
 
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The 2600K has Hyperthreading so it has 4 cores and 8 threads where as the i5 2550 has 4 cores and 4 threads. In gaming only the i5 is better because no games can take advantage of the extra 4 threads that Hyperthreading provides in the i7. In video rendering/encoding and other highly threaded apps the i7 wins hands down.
 
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Thanks, that helped a lot. I didn't know this haha.
 

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Well I plan to get an EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448 Classified Ultra haha
 

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Do you think it could run Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, and Crysis 2 at max settings in 1080p?
 

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even if I overclock that gpu? I heard that, that specific card can be overclocked to where it could match a GTX 580 stock performance with ease if you overclock it high enough.
 

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yeah but I honestly will not be using the PC for rendering, video editing, or data manipulating. Though I feel like I would get more raw power from an i7. I mean to have the title of owning an intel core i7-2600k which is an award winning CPU would feel nice but the 2500k is also an award winning cpu. I think I will go with the 2600k. I feel that it will serve me for a bit longer than the 2500k. Or I might just wait to get an Ivy bridge cpu which would hopefully be in the same price range of the 2600k
 
most people just buy the i7 because it sounds better but realistically niether cpu is really better than the other one unless you can use the i7's hyperthreading in the programs that can actually use it.

The i5 is just an i7 without hyperthreading. Hyperthreading doesn't do much in general computing and has negative gaming performance hits when enabled.
 


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