I5-2500k vs. i7-2600k URGENT


Mar 18, 2012
Hey all,

I have purchased an i5-2500k for $165 and have the opportunity to purchase an i7-2600k for $190 (or $200 if the bonus 10% does not work) + 8.5% tax.

This is my current build so far, with a budget of no more than $700 (closer to $650 if possible).

Processor: Intel i5-2500k. $164.99
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-D3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX. $15.99
Hard Drive: Samsung 830, 128GB SSD. $140
Optical Drive: Don't think I need one
Aftermarket cooler: CM 212 $23
Video Card: No idea yet. Will wait till mid May to buy to get lowest price (maybe 6870 or 7850 depending on price? Maybe something in that range for nVidia??)
Case: HAF 912. $35 AR
Wireless: will not purchase

I intend on keeping this computer for 3-5 years, with video card upgrades. Is it worth me attempting to privately sell my i5-2500k (eg. Craigslist; maybe around $190) in order to buy the i7? I cannot return the i5 because then I will lose the combo discount that I received for buying the mobo at the same time.

I will be using the computer for games, web browsing, movies, that kind of thing.

I intend on playing games like HoN/Dota 2, SC2, Call of Duty, CounterStrike: GO (whenever it comes out). So basically, MOBAs and FPS. I don't intend on playing games like Skyrim or other RPGs.

Will I see a significant boost in performance with the i7 long term for gaming purposes? I don't do video editing or photo editing, but I may be doing scanning/rendering in terms of PDF files (eg. I take pics with my phones, upload to computer, then use a computer program to convert jpegs into PDF files). Again, waiting an extra minute is not a big deal, but IF games down the road (eg. in 2 years or so) may require more cores, perhaps the i7 is better?

This is urgent because I will only have this Saturday morning to acquire the i7 processor. It is currently 1240am Friday local time, which gives me about 36 hours till purchase.
For gaming i5 2500k is the best buy. If you don't make video encoding,3D design , CAD and other heavy programs you don't need an i7.