Intel i5 2500k vs i7 2600k

#1 Posted by armartin812 (25 posts) -

I did a search for this topic title and couldn't find a topic already created.
I'm beginning a new computer build next week and after ready many articles on Google I'm left with nothing but a headache.  I'm not tech savvy with the lingo of computer gaming so mHz, Gflops and tessalation are like speaking jibberish to me.  I'm looking for PC gamers with experience who can break the comparisons down in laymons terms lol.  Bottom line is I want to know which processor to get for strictly gaming.  I'm not into video and music editing.  I just one a pretty decent gaming rig.  The video card I'm getting is the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 OC'd.  I just want to know which processor to go along with it.  Thanks a million!

#2 Posted by bassman2112 (844 posts) -

Honestly, if you're not doing a ton of rendering and the like you won't see a huge difference between the two =) I'm personally running the 2500k and do lots of rendering and think it works perfectly for my needs, the 2600k would probably be overkill; but honestly, it's your money haha. If you think you'll eventually use all that extra HP, go for it; but I'd stick with the 2500k =)

#3 Edited by Marz (5658 posts) -

i5 2500k doesn't have hyperthreading(4 threads, 1 for each core).  I7 2600k has hyperthreading (8 threads, each core has a virtual core thus x2 amount of threads available).   For gaming with no intentions on encoding video or music editing.  The I5 2500k will be a cheaper solution and is really beastly for gaming plus it's a nice overclocker.   2600k does excel at applications that use alot of threads like video encoding and whatnot.

#4 Posted by armartin812 (25 posts) -

That was pretty fast.  Thanks for the responses.  I was leaning towards the i5 but there was that little voice in the back saying go for the i7.    Thanks again to both of you.

#5 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@armartin812: I take it that means you'll be going with the i5, what else will be going in the rig? Motherboard, PSU, RAM etc... not to mention the case, keyboard and mouse, monitor, what version of Windows and most importantly what games will you be playing?
#6 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

i7 2600k i love it its great just get it!

#7 Posted by Barrock (3545 posts) -

Go with the i5. I have one and love it.

#8 Edited by armartin812 (25 posts) -

This is what the final system will look like:
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
CPU:  Intel i5 2500k
Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance
Video Card: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 570 SLI
HDD:  WD 1.5 TB Caviar Black
PSU: Corsair 800W Gaming Series GS800
Case: Corsair 650D
I haven't thought too much on the  mouse and keyboard yet.  As for the monitor I really have taking a liking to the AOC e2343Fk.  Its 23" and really thin and light.  Its native rez is 1920x1080...right where I want it to be.

#9 Edited by Devildoll (899 posts) -

the 2500K will be great , the 2600K has hyperthreading which can be useful while doing heavy computing , but its nothing the current games really benefit from.

windows is going to hog up about 30% of that ssd (my windows folder is 18 GB atm , my temp folder is empty even ) , sure you dont want a little more space on that thing?

other than that , this is a killer rig.

two 570's is almost nuts :)

#10 Posted by armartin812 (25 posts) -
@Devildoll: I know the 60 GB isn't a whole lot but I only plan on having Windows 7 and a game or two on it only.  I should have said getting the SSD is still up in the air due to the cost of them.  I definitely want one but I don't want to spend that crazy amount they're asking for them.  Right now its on the list but its the one thing that could definitely fall off.  The thing with the two 570s is this will be the first time I have ever put serious money into a gaming computer.  I don't know why this is happening but I'm slowly losing interest in console gaming outside of the major exclusives ala Gears of War, Uncharted and Halo to name a few.  I think with consoles pushing more towards the whole movement kick is what is turning me off of them.  But with this computer I'll be building I want to be able to play everything at either max or close to the max.
#11 Posted by Devildoll (899 posts) -

@armartin812: i'd almost suggest you start out with one GTX 570 , and then add the other one at a later date if you feel like the single 570 isnt giving you enough juice , cause its alot of extra money that you might not need to burn.

I'm guessing you will be running that single AOC monitor, which a single 570 should handle pretty well , especially since its "only" a 60 Hz monitor. I'm not familiar with the AOC brand , if you are the kind of person that is picky on input lag etc , i hope you've looked up some tests on this particular monitor.

#12 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Sounds like a good rig. 
This thread has reminded me that I need to change my Radeon 5450 to the 5770 or something like that. Actually, what would you guys recommend? Any decent NVIDIA graphics cards that are similarly priced to the ATI 5770?

#13 Edited by AlexW00d (6307 posts) -

@Tsoglani: A 460. But why do you want a 5770 or equivalent? They aren't particularly good any more.

#14 Edited by Tsoglani (585 posts) -
@AlexW00d said:

@Tsoglani: A 460. But why do you want a 5770 or equivalent? They aren't particularly good any more.

Well, I have heard the 5770 is decent enough for the price range. I am not up to date with the later cards, but even things like whether to go ATI or NVIDIA are bothering me. I was also told (a while back though) that the 5770 would do what I need it to, but on the other hand, the 5450 does that too, ie, theatre system.
Basically looking to spend no more than $150 AUD on a card, but money's tight, so even a good cheaper one better than 5450 would be the go.
#15 Posted by AlexW00d (6307 posts) -

@Tsoglani: Well there is a HD6770 that is about that price. And I assume that it is just an updated 5770 replacement. As for Nvidia you might be able to scrape a 460 at that price if you're lucky. If not I would probably go for the 6770 or maybe a 5830. Would have to check out reviews and benchmarks for them though.

#16 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Cool, thanks man! Will check out some sites regarding benchmarks and performance reviews on the 6770 and the others.

#17 Posted by Sagalla (218 posts) -

To the OP -
I just built a i5 2500k and GTX 570 rig recently, really I don't recommend going with the SLI at this point.  One GTX 570 will handle just about everything with crazy high levels of AA except for a few games like Metro 2033.  You don't want to get into the trap of paying money for a second card just so you can run some poorly optimized game out of Eastern Europe.
To Tsoglani, you know Amazon ship some 3D cards to Australia, something like this would be a good bet:

#18 Posted by DEMONOLOGY_24 (521 posts) -

I think my laptop has i5 and it runs some high quality games pretty well
#19 Edited by armartin812 (25 posts) -

Oh I was going wait to get the second card but since this is the first time I'll be building a PC that can play the top tier games I wanted to spend my limit on what I could get.  The second GTX 570 much like the SSD drive can fall off the list.  And actually the SSD drive has fallen off of the list.  I'm just going to go with a Caviar Black 1TB.  

#20 Edited by Sn1PeR (141 posts) -

I went with the 2600k, but the vast majority of games do not make use of hyperthreading.  From a gaming only standpoint the 2500k is a better bang for the buck. 
You can use a 60GB SSD for windows.  I used system links to move my users folders to a raid 1 of 2TB WD Blacks and boot windows itself off of a 60GB SSD very comfortably.  Another thing to consider is using SSD Caching with a z68 chipset. 
I would also consider the Radeon 6950 -- it's currently the best bang for the buck IMO, especially when considering dual card scaling at high resolutions.  Read some reviews over at  
If I could recommend a quality monitor -- the Dell U2311h is pretty spectacular for the price.

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