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Gaming: Intel i5 4570 vs i5 4670 vs i5 4670K vs i7 4770

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October 13, 2013 10:53:59 PM

I am building a computer that I will use primarily for gaming. I will do programming and occasional (video game) streaming, but gaming with definitely be the primary use of it. I will be playing demanding games like Battlefield 3. Right now, I am trying to decide which CPU I should purchase. A couple of things,


  • I want to use a Haswell processor; I'm not interested in Ivy Bridge.
  • Price is of concern, but it is not the single deciding factor. For example, I would like to save money and go with the 4570, but I would be willing to spend the extra for the 4770 (as an example) if the cost is justified.
  • I plan to use the CPU for at least a couple of years. I am not going to upgrade as soon as the next generation comes out.
  • The motherboard that I am getting is most likely the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming.
  • If I do end up going the overclocking route, I will probably use a decent air cooler. I definitely will not spend like a hundred dollars on a water cooling solution just to maintain a stable overclock.


  • Considering my intended use and the above things, which processor would be best for me?

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    October 13, 2013 10:57:16 PM

    If you're contemplating overclocking, then the 4670k is the only real option. I wouldn't go for an i7.
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    October 13, 2013 10:58:37 PM

    mi1ez said:
    If you're contemplating overclocking, then the 4670k is the only real option. I wouldn't go for an i7.


    I'm not necessarily contemplating overclocking, but I would be willing to do it if that was my best option.
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    October 13, 2013 10:59:12 PM

    That said, when we get the first batch of games ported from the new consoles with AMD's 8 core (kinda) CPUs, we may find i7s more suited to high end gaming, however if I were building right now I'd go i5.
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    October 13, 2013 11:00:56 PM

    DudeMartin said:
    mi1ez said:
    If you're contemplating overclocking, then the 4670k is the only real option. I wouldn't go for an i7.


    I'm not necessarily contemplating overclocking, but I would be willing to do it if that was my best option.


    In that case I think any of the i5s you listed would be sufficient.

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    October 13, 2013 11:09:22 PM

    mi1ez said:
    This should give you some sort of indication - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-4-graphics-ca...

    As you see, you don't get a great deal more FPS for the overclock, but it is there.


    Interesting results from that. The minimum FPS between the stock 2500 and the overclocked 2500 varied by a decent 11.1%, but the average FPS had negligible change. I wish these types of benchmarks existed for Haswell processors because these are done using Sandy Bridge chips.
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    October 13, 2013 11:16:22 PM

    I wouldn't imagine Haswell results would be much different.

    DudeMartin said:
    mi1ez said:
    This should give you some sort of indication - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-4-graphics-ca...

    As you see, you don't get a great deal more FPS for the overclock, but it is there.


    Interesting results from that. The minimum FPS between the stock 2500 and the overclocked 2500 varied by a decent 11.1%, but the average FPS had negligible change. I wish these types of benchmarks existed for Haswell processors because these are done using Sandy Bridge chips.


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    October 13, 2013 11:22:11 PM

    Yep. Overclocking is worth it because it will raise your minimum FPS - that's just where the bottleneck is, and that hasn't changed for a very long time. It's worth it, especially since you're already buying a z87 motherboard.

    Oh, and mi1ez, just to correct that myth, even if games start being optimized for the FX 4-module, 8-"core" CPUs, that won't affect i7s viability at ALL. Hyperthreading adds 4 more (halfish) threads for double precision calculations - pretty much all gaming uses floating-point calculations, as they're faster and games don't require precision down to the umpteenth decimal place.
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    October 13, 2013 11:30:55 PM

    DarkSable said:
    Yep. Overclocking is worth it because it will raise your minimum FPS - that's just where the bottleneck is, and that hasn't changed for a very long time. It's worth it, especially since you're already buying a z87 motherboard.

    Oh, and mi1ez, just to correct that myth, even if games start being optimized for the FX 4-module, 8-"core" CPUs, that won't affect i7s viability at ALL. Hyperthreading adds 4 more (halfish) threads for double precision calculations - pretty much all gaming uses floating-point calculations, as they're faster and games don't require precision down to the umpteenth decimal place.


    So, you would recommend an overclocked 4670K from the given choices?
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    October 13, 2013 11:31:26 PM

    The 8 "core" AMD chips are closer to a hyperthreaded 4 core than a true octocore, hence my comment.

    DarkSable said:
    Yep. Overclocking is worth it because it will raise your minimum FPS - that's just where the bottleneck is, and that hasn't changed for a very long time. It's worth it, especially since you're already buying a z87 motherboard.

    Oh, and mi1ez, just to correct that myth, even if games start being optimized for the FX 4-module, 8-"core" CPUs, that won't affect i7s viability at ALL. Hyperthreading adds 4 more (halfish) threads for double precision calculations - pretty much all gaming uses floating-point calculations, as they're faster and games don't require precision down to the umpteenth decimal place.


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    October 13, 2013 11:41:49 PM

    DudeMartin: Yes. I would absolutely recommend an overclocked 4670k - it will have better performance than any other option.

    Mi1ez, fair point, but the technology doesn't work quite the same way. It could go either way, really; we'll just have to wait and see what ends up happening. However, it's highly doubtful that you're going to need one of those processors for gaming before they get so old as to merit replacing them anyways.
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