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Old 09-13-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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I'm at a crossroads. I am going to upgrade my main machine and delegate the 2500K to my ESXi box. Do any of you have a preference and can you talk me into getting the i5 over the more expensive i7? Conversely, can you talk me out of getting the i7 over the cheaper i5?

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What will you be using the rig for?

Hyperthreading is an advantage mainly for programs like media encoding/processing. If you're not heavily into that, I'd go with the i5.
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What will you be using the rig for?

Hyperthreading is an advantage mainly for programs like media encoding/processing. If you're not heavily into that, I'd go with the i5.

The i5 has been in my cart for a few days now I just needed to hear another's opinion. I don't expect to see much of an improvement over the 2500K, I just want to up the specs of my ESXi host.
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If you don't have a specific need for HyperThreading or the extra 2MB of cache (both of which are useful for things like video encoding), then I'd opt for the i5... it's a considerable savings. You sure aren't going to be unhappy with that CPU choice, I can assure you.
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