Oddly enough, I've been looking at the i5 2500k for an upgrade to my current PC. I was going to gut my XPS 400 and slap in a new mother board, power supply, chip and RAM. I was looking at the Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard to go with the chip.
I've read a good bit about the 2500k and it's performance is outstanding compared to other processors in the same price range. For video encoding, which is what I normally do with my machine, it's only a couple FPS slower than an i7. Here is a chart
showing the i5 along with the i7's. Keep in mind, the one at the top is overclocked to almost 5GHz.
Here is a great video
showing how easy it is to overclock the 2500k. At one point the guy from Asus says that all their tests were done using the factory supplied Intel heatsync. Not bad if you ask me.
I went back to order a little bit ago and both the P8P67 and the 2500K were listed as "Deactivated", so I couldn't place my order. Maybe someone at Newegg knows that my wife wouldn't be too happy if I were to spend that much money.
Edited by Spyderturbo007, 31 January 2011 - 02:39 PM.