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I went for this chip because I don't plan on overclocking and have a discreet graphics card. This is the perfect chip for me as the only cons it has don't really effect me. The stock cooler was smaller than I figured it should be, but temps seem excellent. Just a testament to how energy efficient these are. The performance is absolutely amazing, and the price wasn't too bad.
I bought this for someone who doesn't plan on overclocking and has a dedicated video card, so the 2500k wasn't necessary. It's my understanding that the 2500k adds better overclockability and a beefier onboard graphics chip.
Got this processor for a family/media PC build, so my requirements were rather modest. I did not need to OC, but some may find this a disadvantage and may want to pay the extra 10-20$ for the K version.
The HD 2000 integrated graphics is a bit weak for running even modest games, but no issue with HD video playback all the way up to 1080p.
bought this for a friend who doesn't overclock and its great value at just $196 (I PMed it btw). Its fast enough for most people who does't convert or rendering of any kind. Highly recommend this over the 2600/2600k since you are paying aroud $100 more for hyperthreading and the little boost in clock speed. For those who wants a high end PC and on a budget, just go for the 2500 and if you really want the extra speed, grab the unlocked version and overclock it since its so easy to overclock now a days, nearly everyone can do it.
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