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Should I have bought the i7-2600k?


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#1 Chillie

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:43 PM

I recently bought a new custom built pc. My specs are on my profile. My question is should I have bought the i7-2600k instead of the i7-2600?
I wasn't planning on buying the cpu that day but was talked into buying a new one, including a whole new rig pretty much with $ from a friend.
I didn't do any research on the 2600k but did read tons of reviews on the 2600. I heard mostly all great things so I went with it. After I picked up my pc a few days later (they had to build it) I did some research online and found out that my i7-2600 was locked and wasn't overclockable. I also found out the i7-2600k was overclockable. Did I make a mistake in buying the 2600? How much faster is the 2600k. I will not use liquid cooling. How long will this cpu be in the top 20 in benchmarks? 2 years or more I hope. So, should I try to return the 2600 for the 2600k or just be happy with what I have and quit being power hungry? Thanks.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:10 PM

In theory, unless you plan on overclocking (intel fanboys please correct me if Im wrong) but I don't believe there would be any performance difference between the two. The only reason you would want the k would be to overclock.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:19 PM

The difference between them is the 2600 does not have Embedded Options Available, Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology. The 2600K is more expensive then the 2600.

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