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i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
01-23-2011, 10:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-24-2011, 05:56 AM by windez.)
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Music  i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
I REALLY thought that i was going to go with an i5 2500K for sure, but now that im about to pull the trigger im having second thoughts, and wondering weather i should go with the i7 2600k. Any thoughts?

I'm mainly going to be using this for gaming, but also I hope to start doing some video editing, will be getting an hd digital camera soon (i hope!).
already ordered:
ssd/win 7
ASRock Extreme4 P67/ Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card / HAF X/ Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB)/ 5950
left to order/pick up from Microcenter:
CPU
Samsung 1TB HDD / 2nd 6950 / Silver Arrow or DH-14/ Psu (EDIT: Corasair tX 950)
camera:
http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-VPC-GH4-Camc...T4V2OCHEWO

i know that most games dont use hyperthreading, and the 2500k can keep up with the 2600k (in most games), but the 2600k still has me drooling.
from what i've read online, hyperthreading can actually cause a minor performance drop/issues in some games. on the other hand people are saying that future games and programs will most likely utilitize more threads and use more of that extra cashe memory.
also should i buy the 2600k trying to future proof my system, or should i treat the current cpus as just stopgaps till Ivy Bridge arrives (in which case go with the cheaper 2500k)?

Edit: by the end of the year (when the new gpus come out) i hope to be able to update to a five monitor setup such as the following:



So if i'm wondering if the i7 might be better for that sort of a setup.
Obviously I'll have to change my GPUs.

Sidenote:
The current AMD 6xxx series cannot utilitize a 5 monitor setup. I believe in the above video he is using an Eyefinity-6 5870 with the new drivers.
There should be some (very expensive) adapters out this summer for the 6xxx that allow more than 4 monitors, and according to rumors the 6990 should be able to run 6 monitors without adapters.
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01-24-2011, 06:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-24-2011, 06:53 AM by Andrew J.)
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RE: i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
No, it's not really worth it. Unless you do 3D modeling or use other highly threaded applications you will never notice a performance difference. Having multiple monitors does barely increases CPU load, all you need to worry about is the GPU(s).

I suggest you get two cards that can support 3 monitors and not running them in SLI/CF.
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01-24-2011, 06:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-24-2011, 06:36 PM by windez.)
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RE: i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
(01-24-2011, 06:50 AM)Andrew J Wrote: No, it's not really worth it. Unless you do 3D modeling or use other highly threaded applications you will never notice a performance difference. Having multiple monitors does barely increases CPU load, all you need to worry about is the GPU(s).
Thank you Andrew. You just saved me $100! Yeah and im not doing any 3d rendering, just putting together youtube videos.
(01-24-2011, 06:50 AM)Andrew J Wrote: I suggest you get two cards that can support 3 monitors and not running them in SLI/CF.

And did you mean i NOT run 2 cards in CF, or was that a typo. I'm currently planning on getting 2 6950s (already ordered one).



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01-25-2011, 06:59 AM,
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RE: i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
That video I must say is amazing. The black frames of the monitors might bug me at first but man would it be a sweet setup. All I think about when I see that stuff is the movie swordfish Wink.
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