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Old January 3, 2012, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Marute View Post
Should I then really go with the i7-2600 instead in order to not having to upgrade to a new CPU sooner, as you put it? Or doesn't it really matter?
It's not quite that simple... see Silent_Avenger's post early in this thread.

See this review page: AnandTech - The Sandy Bridge Review: Intel Core i7-2600K, i5-2500K and Core i3-2100 Tested
There's not much of a difference between a 2500 and 2600 in gaming because games don't use hyperthreading, which is the biggest difference between the two processors. The higher frame rates are more due to the extra 100MHz than the 2500 vs 2600 feature set. There's no reason to get a 2600 (K or otherwise) for just gaming.

Can't you ask for a P67 or Z68 motherboard and a 2500k? H67 and P67 motherboards go for about the same price (assuming similar feature sets). That combination will make for a longer lasting gaming computer than a H6x and 2600 or 2500. In the site you listed, I do notice some Gigabyte Z68s which will work. Avoid those Intel boards however, because I own one and it does not like overclocking - I barely justified my purchase of a 2500k over a 2500 trying to overclock with it

EDIT: changed the review page because the original one actually overclocked their 2600K
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