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created 10/31/2011 3:39 pm by 11volt11
last reply 12/29/2011 12:33 pm
I'm going to be getting a new gaming PC for Christmas. I think I'm going to stick with Intel for the CPU. The main problem I'm facing is whether to get the i5 2500k or i7 2600k. What does everyone think? What are the main advantages/disadvantages for each? Or should I go with AMD?
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12/29/2011 12:33 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
A couple weeks ago, I finally built my new PC (from scratch FTW). So, in case anyone is wondering, I ended up getting the quad-core i5 2400 @ 3.1 ghz. I paired that with a motherboard which has a Z68 chipset, allowing for overclocking and Intel's integrated video.

The quad-core is proving very helpful,since I don't get nearly as many crashes and framerate drops as I did with my old Pentium 4 dual-core. However, because of the high expense of the computer I got, I have yet to purchase a video card. So for now, I'm stuck with Intel's dumb HD integrated graphics, which sucks.
11/22/2011 11:02 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Ha, 6 core is out of my league!
11/22/2011 10:36 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer
Ltcheesecracker
I have a 6-core and an AMD Phenom II graphics card. It works fine, but I am thinking about upgrading it..
Though, 6-core is the shit. I never get client lag, on any game.
11/22/2011 8:45 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
Skeltor
I kind of want to build my own Comp From Scratch.
Its alot less Costly.
If you get the Part Separately.
11/22/2011 8:44 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
Skeltor
He can get what ever he wants as long as he can pay for it.
11/22/2011 7:23 pm
Level 23 : Expert Network
Kytoko
Why would you want a processor of that power?

Do you do anything that demands that much power or is it just another showcase gaming PC?

If it is just a gaming PC, go with an AMD rig.

If you do demanding work then get the i™ series
11/22/2011 7:38 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
I do LOTS of multitasking and want a little bit of future proofing (if that's even possible lol). The i5 suits my 700-800 budget, too, since im not getting a video card until later.
11/22/2011 8:43 pm
Level 23 : Expert Network
Kytoko
Yea but, a 6core? Just get a Quad core man, you don't need an i™ series I do crap loads of multi-tasking (well, did, before my Intel CPU became damaged from curious fingers -.-) as well, and I only have an Intel Pentium Dual-Core @ 2.8GH/z

And that's not the internet + MS Paint + Skype multi-tasking either I do Photoshop, with Camtasia running and sometimes I'll render out in Sony Vegas or After Effects at the same time, if anyone here needs the i series, it's me they are a huge rip off as well in my opinion, also, would your board support it? If not you gotta go buy a new motherboard too, then you gotta get the CPU fan + heatsink, and that's already blown your budget
11/22/2011 10:17 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
The i5 is a quad core I'm pretty sure. Well, the 2500k is at least. Hexa core is too much; you're right. I'm making my whole PC from scratch so I'm getting a new MOBO as well. And when I say multitasking, I mean gaming while surfing the web while chatting on skype, using xfire, steam, etc. etc.
11/22/2011 7:16 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Deathbayne
AMD all the way..intel is a joke.
11/22/2011 4:11 pm
Level 41 : Master Cake
Dimitri2012
Yeah, but not as good as a regular graphics card.
11/22/2011 6:34 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
I figured that, and I'm probably going to get a graphics card for my b-day (which is a month after Xmas). I figured that having a graphics chip set is a good place to start. I'm on a 700$ budget and if I wait a month to get a graphics card, I'll be able to spend more on other components for Xmas.
11/22/2011 4:07 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Anyone?
11/22/2011 6:30 am
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
If I got a motherboard with an Intel Z68 north bridge chipset and paired it with the i5 2500k which has integrated graphics, would I get a decent graphics experience?
11/08/2011 8:55 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Does anyone have any thoughts on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) video card?
11/08/2011 9:31 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Geek
Rouge
Yes, that's very good
11/04/2011 11:31 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
LotsaBahts
Asus is good! Not sure on price though.. Make sure you pick up a nice after-market CPU fan also! Well worth it for an extra $50. It will extend the life of your CPU and help it to perform better!
11/05/2011 12:01 am
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Ok, thanks! Will do. I may actually try liquid cooling rather than a normal heatsink.
11/01/2011 9:29 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
And does anyone have any suggestion for a good motherboard in the $100 range? Im on a wild goose chase looking for one. It has to be LGA 1155 btw.
11/01/2011 6:40 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
LotsaBahts
I would go for the Intel for sure. Not to bash the AMD, I am using Phenom II and I don't really have too many issues with it. It comes down to a matter of price. I was building a cheap gaming PC for $500 so I opted for the AMD, however computer technology is advancing so rapidly that it is almost throwing your money away to buy the best stuff...I am sure some would disagree, but I must say that unless you are an expert gamer and you have a nice chunk of change to blow and no life...then by all means go for all the top end stuff that will be outdated before your box is even built...

If you have your heart set in Intel. I have heard that is does perform better. Mostly from posts and things like that. I haven't actually looked into it to much extent. But the word is Intel is better.

So if your getting a computer you should get all the parts and build the box yourself on Xmas morning! Hopefully you will be good to go and have everything installed by the time you cut the turkey!
11/01/2011 4:12 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Haha yeah, you're definitely right. By the time Christmas comes, solid state drives might actually have a reasonable price by then! And yes, I had my heart set on Intel from day one. I would only go with AMD if someone convinced me that it was better.
11/01/2011 6:27 am
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Ok. I think I'm going to get an i5 and save up more for the video card. Thanks!
10/31/2011 3:44 pm
Level 26 : Expert Blockhead
BlockinmyPocket
You are safe buying that i5 instead of the i7 if you want to save some cash and use it on another component, the performance out of the i5 will treat you right if the rest of your PC can match it.

Stay away from AMD for now their new phenom they bragged about fell flat on it's face in a performance comparison with the i series from intel, and it's overpriced.

I prefer AMD but it is what is it.
11/12/2011 4:10 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Creeper
11volt11
Would it be safe to get the i3-2100 if I wanted to save 100 more $$? Would dual core give me any worse performance than quad?

EDIT: Actually, never mind. I'm not getting dual-core.

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