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July 12, 2013 3:15:26 PM

Okay. I have enough money for either one, so thats not a factor. I game A LOT. I know a lot of people have been saying hyper threading is useless, but I have heard of new games using hyperthreading and there was good fps bumps. BF4 is probably going to be cpu and gpu intensive on multiplayer so I think the threading will come in handy. Im also planning on getting star citizen which runs cryengine 3. Someone recently posted pics of MASSIVE fps gains on crysis 3 (which uses cryengine 3) this probably means star citizen will benefit from it...future games look like they're going to actually be using hyper threading. For older games its useless. But I want my new rig to be future proof. Oh and is the 4770k better at overclocking than the 4670k?

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July 12, 2013 3:18:44 PM

for gaming the i5 is enough
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July 12, 2013 3:21:21 PM

redeemer said:
for gaming the i5 is enough


Lol, says the guy with the i7. But i font want a processor thats "just fine" i want a processor that can also handle photoshop. Oh yeah, and i also record my games so that uses extra cores. And im on skype while gaming as well. And stream my games...
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July 12, 2013 3:38:39 PM

As mentioned the i5 is still most likely... enough. Also, the un-official vernacular has been changed from "future proof" to "future resistant" when referencing PC builds =)

If you have the money..... go with the i7. Mine has been chugging along nicely for 4 years already. I built this system with a different video card(GTX 260 Max OC) with the idea I could make it last 5 years and I appear to be on target.
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July 12, 2013 4:11:36 PM

skit75 said:
As mentioned the i5 is still most likely... enough. Also, the un-official vernacular has been changed from "future proof" to "future resistant" when referencing PC builds =)

If you have the money..... go with the i7. Mine has been chugging along nicely for 4 years already. I built this system with a different video card(GTX 260 Max OC) with the idea I could make it last 5 years and I appear to be on target.


I may go with the i7 simply because i will be running a lot programs in the back and dont want to sacrifice gaming performance. Its about 70 dollars more..i can use that money on steam....hmm really hard choice.
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July 13, 2013 6:21:13 AM

eden2012 said:
redeemer said:
for gaming the i5 is enough


Lol, says the guy with the i7. But i font want a processor thats "just fine" i want a processor that can also handle photoshop. Oh yeah, and i also record my games so that uses extra cores. And im on skype while gaming as well. And stream my games...

For multitasking you mostly need higher ram such as 16GB or 32GB I know it depends on CPU too but mostly it depends on how much ram do you have.
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July 13, 2013 10:08:12 AM

If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.
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July 13, 2013 4:01:46 PM

Intel God said:
If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.


Now we know that the next gen consoles are 8 cores...developers might start implementing "4 or more core games" it will be easier for them to port as well..so the hyperthreading may become beneficial. Probably going with the i7...i have a question about ram that you may have the answer to. I currently have 2x4gb sticks and 2x2gb sticks. They're all the same timings, mhz, and latencies and voltages.(and same brand and make)
In my mobo im planning on running the 2 4gbs in dual channel and the 2 2 gbs in dual channel, is this possible? Also, is it true the more ram sticks you have, the harder it will be to overclock? Someone told me that only applies to old chipsets, and the z87 and the 4770k obviously aren't old. An answer would be greatly appreciated.
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July 14, 2013 10:01:29 AM

eden2012 said:
Intel God said:
If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.


Now we know that the next gen consoles are 8 cores...developers might start implementing "4 or more core games" it will be easier for them to port as well..so the hyperthreading may become beneficial. Probably going with the i7...i have a question about ram that you may have the answer to. I currently have 2x4gb sticks and 2x2gb sticks. They're all the same timings, mhz, and latencies and voltages.(and same brand and make)
In my mobo im planning on running the 2 4gbs in dual channel and the 2 2 gbs in dual channel, is this possible? Also, is it true the more ram sticks you have, the harder it will be to overclock? Someone told me that only applies to old chipsets, and the z87 and the 4770k obviously aren't old. An answer would be greatly appreciated.


Yes they are using 8 core cpu for consoles but keep in mind they are using AMD architecture to cut cost. There are multiple instances that when you game with the same GPU using a quad core CPU vs at 8 core CPU performance intel 4 core wins but only by a few frames. I suggest he should stick with the intel i5 quad core for now and invest in a good GPU instead. It will be a looooong wait before we see games utilizing more than 4 cores and besides its how the technologies being implemented or used and not the number of cores... it like the saying "quality of quantity" just my 2 cents.
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July 14, 2013 10:03:33 AM

Rob Gelbolingo said:
eden2012 said:
Intel God said:
If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.


Now we know that the next gen consoles are 8 cores...developers might start implementing "4 or more core games" it will be easier for them to port as well..so the hyperthreading may become beneficial. Probably going with the i7...i have a question about ram that you may have the answer to. I currently have 2x4gb sticks and 2x2gb sticks. They're all the same timings, mhz, and latencies and voltages.(and same brand and make)
In my mobo im planning on running the 2 4gbs in dual channel and the 2 2 gbs in dual channel, is this possible? Also, is it true the more ram sticks you have, the harder it will be to overclock? Someone told me that only applies to old chipsets, and the z87 and the 4770k obviously aren't old. An answer would be greatly appreciated.


Yes they are using 8 core cpu for consoles but keep in mind they are using AMD architecture to cut cost. There are multiple instances that when you game with the same GPU using a quad core CPU vs at 8 core CPU performance intel 4 core wins but only by a few frames. I suggest he should stick with the intel i5 quad core for now and invest in a good GPU instead. It will be a looooong wait before we see games utilizing more than 4 cores and besides its how the technologies being implemented or used and not the number of cores... it like the saying "quality of quantity" just my 2 cents.

Going with the 4670k :D  with the money saved, ill be picking up a second 660 so i can sli :) 
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July 14, 2013 10:10:34 AM

eden2012 said:
Rob Gelbolingo said:
eden2012 said:
Intel God said:
If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.


Now we know that the next gen consoles are 8 cores...developers might start implementing "4 or more core games" it will be easier for them to port as well..so the hyperthreading may become beneficial. Probably going with the i7...i have a question about ram that you may have the answer to. I currently have 2x4gb sticks and 2x2gb sticks. They're all the same timings, mhz, and latencies and voltages.(and same brand and make)
In my mobo im planning on running the 2 4gbs in dual channel and the 2 2 gbs in dual channel, is this possible? Also, is it true the more ram sticks you have, the harder it will be to overclock? Someone told me that only applies to old chipsets, and the z87 and the 4770k obviously aren't old. An answer would be greatly appreciated.


Yes they are using 8 core cpu for consoles but keep in mind they are using AMD architecture to cut cost. There are multiple instances that when you game with the same GPU using a quad core CPU vs at 8 core CPU performance intel 4 core wins but only by a few frames. I suggest he should stick with the intel i5 quad core for now and invest in a good GPU instead. It will be a looooong wait before we see games utilizing more than 4 cores and besides its how the technologies being implemented or used and not the number of cores... it like the saying "quality of quantity" just my 2 cents.

Going with the 4670k :D  with the money saved, ill be picking up a second 660 so i can sli :) 


Awesome bro.. dont forget to get a Haswell certified PSU as well so you can fully utilize the power saving options. :) 
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July 14, 2013 10:12:24 AM

Rob Gelbolingo said:
eden2012 said:
Rob Gelbolingo said:
eden2012 said:
Intel God said:
If you have the money buy the I7. People always say "A quad core isnt enough for future games". If that's true then lets look back 5 years. A core I5 750 is still a beast and still plays all games very well.


Now we know that the next gen consoles are 8 cores...developers might start implementing "4 or more core games" it will be easier for them to port as well..so the hyperthreading may become beneficial. Probably going with the i7...i have a question about ram that you may have the answer to. I currently have 2x4gb sticks and 2x2gb sticks. They're all the same timings, mhz, and latencies and voltages.(and same brand and make)
In my mobo im planning on running the 2 4gbs in dual channel and the 2 2 gbs in dual channel, is this possible? Also, is it true the more ram sticks you have, the harder it will be to overclock? Someone told me that only applies to old chipsets, and the z87 and the 4770k obviously aren't old. An answer would be greatly appreciated.


Yes they are using 8 core cpu for consoles but keep in mind they are using AMD architecture to cut cost. There are multiple instances that when you game with the same GPU using a quad core CPU vs at 8 core CPU performance intel 4 core wins but only by a few frames. I suggest he should stick with the intel i5 quad core for now and invest in a good GPU instead. It will be a looooong wait before we see games utilizing more than 4 cores and besides its how the technologies being implemented or used and not the number of cores... it like the saying "quality of quantity" just my 2 cents.

Going with the 4670k :D  with the money saved, ill be picking up a second 660 so i can sli :) 


Awesome bro.. dont forget to get a Haswell certified PSU as well so you can fully utilize the power saving options. :) 


My psu isn't supported...but I heard disabling the sleepstates actually helps overclocking so i will do that.
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December 27, 2013 3:04:57 AM

Just get i7! Because after buying i5 you would want to go for i7 thats the nature of humans.
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December 27, 2013 3:12:06 AM

muchacho268 said:
Just get i7! Because after buying i5 you would want to go for i7 thats the nature of humans.


Irrefutable logic by a loquacious and well spoken; not to mention obviously well educated and researched, opinion of this lofty mind. Might we all be so fortunate as to be as percipient as this sterling chap and his didactic reasonings and well spoken inculcates.
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