THIS_RANDOM_GUY

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I am building my own gaming PC. I am trying to figure out if I should stick with a Core i5 2500k or spend almost an extra $100 for a Core i7 2600k. I am going to be using my desktop ONLY for gaming (BF3, Minecraft, Skyrim etc...) and video editing (Adobe Photoshop CS5, Cinema 4d etc...). What CPU should I go with?
 

bwrlane

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Depends on budget and priority really.

You are in a different situation to many posters whose only CPU intensive use is gaming. For those people, i5 2500K is the better choice (not because it's better, but because it's cheaper and no worse than the i7).

Because you want to edit video, the i7 is unquestionably superior. Larger cache and hyperthreading yield perhaps 15-20% better performance. I also edit video and for me, this performance advantage is decisive. But what about you? Is this much of a performance increase worth the extra cost? Would saving money on the CPU allow you to get a better GPU and is the better performance you'll get in games worth the lower performance in video editing? This is where it comes down to your personal preference.
 

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