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i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby jelmet » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:25 am

Hello everyone,

I'm about to build a new computer mostly because of Nebula.
I'm not going to have as much $ as I thought I would have so I'm trying to save some where I can.
So the question is:

For Nebula, does the multi-thread thing on the i7 is really worth it?
If you tell me I'll have much more power with an i7 running the same clock as an i5, I'll go i7, if you tell me it's... 20% better with the i7... I'll go i5... you've got the idea.

Thanks!!!!
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby richie43 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:06 am

I am about to build one with less-than-expected-cash too.... I am watching this thread......
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby jelmet » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:31 am

Let's see what the bosses have to say!
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby ngarjuna » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:12 pm

Is i7 a must? I'd say no. But there is a difference. For me I'm always chasing the mythical dragon of CPU and I can always use more so I just buy the most powerful chip I can possibly afford and build the rest of the machine around that.
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby jelmet » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:45 pm

Hum, I agree with you, but I would love the have some numbers...
Maybe GianCarlo will stop by and shed some info about that.
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby woeischris » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:45 am

The i5 2500K benchmarks are a bit better than the slightly more expensive and older i7 950. 7329 VS 6682 according to the link below. I'm sure you can find some comparisons online. Most i7s score lower than the 2500k. The i7 2600 is not much more expensive and does offer a significant performance boost so you might want to consider that?

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Get the best CPU you can afford. No matter what you get, you will want something better in six months anyway.
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby jelmet » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:14 am

I know I should get the best CPU I can... just curious how well the 2500K perform compared to the 2600K with nebula.
Those benchmarks don't impress me, I care about real world usage tests.
But thanks anyways, I'll go 2600K.
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby Mplay » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:09 pm

I do think the 2500k offers the best value for money. You can get around the same performance as a stock 2600 if you overclock it. I'm going go for the 2500k and spend the difference on a small ssd to cut loading times. Also, next years Ivy bridge cpu should fit the 1155 socket, so I might be able upgrade the cpu and get an even faster one by then.
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby giancarlo » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:39 pm

I never tried i5, so I don't know... i7 should be twice faster if you use the same clock and architecture. I'm using 960, though
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Re: i5 2500K or i7 is a must?

Postby yr » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:04 pm

I have both i5(2,27) and the i7 (3,4). I can't give you a "scientific" answer, but my subjective impression is that the i7 is much faster. It's also very easy to overclock. If you are mixing @96kHz you will need every tiny bit of cpu power you could use.
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