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[HELP] Upgraded from i5 to i7 - games run worse

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November 14, 2013 10:34:30 PM

I upgraded my processor from an I5-4670K 3.4 GHZ 6M LGA1150 to an i7-4771 3.5GHz 8M LGA1150 using this motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 INTEL Z87 SATA 6 USB 3.0 CROSSFIREX LGA 1150. Before the upgrade i could run Battlefield 4 on Medium settings and now on Low settings it runs very bad. How do i fix this?

video card - NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3
Ram - ADATA XPG V2 16GB (2X8GB) DDR3 1600

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November 14, 2013 10:45:23 PM

I'm wondering why you made that change in the first place, really.

As for your problem, have you checked your CPU temperatures?
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November 14, 2013 11:04:39 PM

Were you overclocking?

For gaming you have very little need for an i7. The i5-3570k overclocked to a good speed over 4.2Ghz would beat any and all CPU's in gaming with the exception of other overclocked CPU's.

Unless you went for an i7-3770k and overclocked it just as high, or a Haswell K CPU and overclocked it pretty close you would not benefit.

So if you were overclocking, the reason you are doing terrible now is because your CPU is slower.

Like Anub1s said though, your upgrade was really not worth it, and as many would see it, kind of pointless. If your main thing is gaming, you would have stuck with a K CPU.
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November 14, 2013 11:45:17 PM

if the i5 was overclocked why couldn't i runs games on high?
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November 15, 2013 1:19:26 AM

mort32 said:
if the i5 was overclocked why couldn't i runs games on high?


Did you overclock it? No point asking the other guy whether your CPU was overclocked haha.

What are your other specs? Sounds like a power supply problem to me, that PC should be able to run games on high-ultra.

I also don't understand why you went from an unlocked 4670k to a locked 4771. As has already been said, currently there will be no performance difference.

It could also be a problem with temperatures. Use a program such as HWinfo to measure your CPU temperatures (both on the mainboard and the CPU itself). Report back here and we'll see. Anyway, do you have an aftermarket CPU cooler and if so did you apply the thermal paste? If so, did you remove all of the old thermal paste beforehand with isopropyl alcohol and lint-free material before applying new thermal paste?
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November 15, 2013 7:21:42 AM

If the i5 was overclocked, it would play games faster than the i7. If you overclocked it, then switched chances are that you went down in CPU performance.

JOOK-D brings up some good points. Your system should be able to play on high settings probably. It is surprising that you are stuck on low, so it could be a heating problem
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November 15, 2013 7:45:00 AM

Hey all,

I know him in RL - Wish I had known this about the i5s ahead of time. Anyway, his PC was built by Cyberpower and the i5 was overclocked. However, even if the upgrade was to a slower cpu (the i7) I don't understand how the i7 wouldn't be able to handle settings beyond low.

Anywho - the real issue is that his i5 can't go beyond medium settings. Let me know if you need any information

His full spec is listed below:

CU-208-403 INTEL I5-4670K 3.4 GHZ 6M LGA1150 RETAIL 1
HD-204-301 WD 1 TB CAVIAR BLUE SATA III 6.0 GB/ 7200 RPM 1
RM-324-102 ADATA XPG V2 16GB (2X8GB) DDR3 1600 1
FA-WATER-101 ASETEK 510LC 120MM WATERCOOLER 1
FA-104-116 CASE FAN 120 MM 1
CS-432-106 WHITE CFI BOREALIGHT FULL TOWER CASE NO POWER 1
CD-146-101 BLACK SAMSUNG 24X DVDRW 1
MB-416-104 GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 INTEL Z87 SATA 6 USB 3.0 CROSSFIREX LGA 1150 1
PS-119-109 APEVIA 900WATT POWER SUPPLY 1
VC-239-101 NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3 1
NC-118-104 NETIS WF-2113 802.11B/G/N 300MBPS WIRELESS PCI-E 1

CU-OVERCLOCK-2 EXTREME OVERCLOCK (20% MORE) 1
MISC ONBOARD 7.1 SOUND 1

FA-104-116 CASE FAN 120 MM 1
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November 15, 2013 7:47:39 AM

Jpeppa said:
Hey all,

I know him in RL - Wish I had known this about the i5s ahead of time. Anyway, his PC was built by Cyberpower and the i5 was overclocked. However, even if the upgrade was to a slower cpu (the i7) I don't understand how the i7 wouldn't be able to handle settings beyond low.

Anywho - the real issue is that his i5 can't go beyond medium settings. Let me know if you need any information

His full spec is listed below:

CU-208-403 INTEL I5-4670K 3.4 GHZ 6M LGA1150 RETAIL 1
HD-204-301 WD 1 TB CAVIAR BLUE SATA III 6.0 GB/ 7200 RPM 1
RM-324-102 ADATA XPG V2 16GB (2X8GB) DDR3 1600 1
FA-WATER-101 ASETEK 510LC 120MM WATERCOOLER 1
FA-104-116 CASE FAN 120 MM 1
CS-432-106 WHITE CFI BOREALIGHT FULL TOWER CASE NO POWER 1
CD-146-101 BLACK SAMSUNG 24X DVDRW 1
MB-416-104 GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 INTEL Z87 SATA 6 USB 3.0 CROSSFIREX LGA 1150 1
PS-119-109 APEVIA 900WATT POWER SUPPLY 1
VC-239-101 NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3 1
NC-118-104 NETIS WF-2113 802.11B/G/N 300MBPS WIRELESS PCI-E 1

CU-OVERCLOCK-2 EXTREME OVERCLOCK (20% MORE) 1
MISC ONBOARD 7.1 SOUND 1

FA-104-116 CASE FAN 120 MM 1


Never heard of that PSU brand. Could be lackluster. As I said above, could also be a temperature problem (actually seems unlikely due to WC but might as well check). It is odd.
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November 15, 2013 7:51:45 AM

Doing a quick search and looking at the feedback for that particular PSU - TONS of DOA's... Wouldn't be surprised if it was shitting the bed early.
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November 15, 2013 7:55:33 AM

Jpeppa said:
Doing a quick search and looking at the feedback for that particular PSU - TONS of DOA's... Wouldn't be surprised if it was shitting the bed early.


Seems to be the most likely culprit, get it out of there quick before it takes everything else out with it haha. Could get a nice XFX/Corsair/Seasonic in its place.
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November 15, 2013 7:57:58 AM

I know Apevia, and their PSU's are a little lower end quality, but I am a little more hesitant to think that is the cause.
I really don't think it is cooling since there is water cooling for the CPU, and being a pre-built rig from a good company I feel that the system is probably adequately cooled.

My next suggestion would be try reinstalling Windows. I have a feeling some software bit is like pulling the system way down in performance. Nothing else I see should cause this problem, and it is easier than trying another PSU. So I would reinstall Windows, and if that doesn't work try the PSU change after.

Either way, might be a good idea to return the i7 CPU, and buy an i7-4770k or stay with the i5.
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November 15, 2013 8:02:47 AM

IInuyasha74 said:
I know Apevia, and their PSU's are a little lower end quality, but I am a little more hesitant to think that is the cause.
I really don't think it is cooling since there is water cooling for the CPU, and being a pre-built rig from a good company I feel that the system is probably adequately cooled.

My next suggestion would be try reinstalling Windows. I have a feeling some software bit is like pulling the system way down in performance. Nothing else I see should cause this problem, and it is easier than trying another PSU. So I would reinstall Windows, and if that doesn't work try the PSU change after.

Either way, might be a good idea to return the i7 CPU, and buy an i7-4770k or stay with the i5.


Good point. I shouldn't have jumped straight to hardware faults. Live and learn haha :)  I'd suggest sticking with the i5 at first if windows isn't the issue and just keeping it and returning the i7 as you suggested. If there's still an issue after having reinstalled windows and using the i5, then fingers can be pointed at another component.
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November 15, 2013 8:10:12 AM

JOOK-D said:
IInuyasha74 said:
I know Apevia, and their PSU's are a little lower end quality, but I am a little more hesitant to think that is the cause.
I really don't think it is cooling since there is water cooling for the CPU, and being a pre-built rig from a good company I feel that the system is probably adequately cooled.

My next suggestion would be try reinstalling Windows. I have a feeling some software bit is like pulling the system way down in performance. Nothing else I see should cause this problem, and it is easier than trying another PSU. So I would reinstall Windows, and if that doesn't work try the PSU change after.

Either way, might be a good idea to return the i7 CPU, and buy an i7-4770k or stay with the i5.


Good point. I shouldn't have jumped straight to hardware faults. Live and learn haha :)  I'd suggest sticking with the i5 at first if windows isn't the issue and just keeping it and returning the i7 as you suggested. If there's still an issue after having reinstalled windows and using the i5, then fingers can be pointed at another component.


Haha I am sure everyone on this site understands your want to jump to hardware faults. Its a lot more fun playing with hardware than Windows :p 

Good luck to you mort32 and Jeppa. Hopefully the OS reinstall will fix it or the PSU if not, because if that doesn't do it, then it means you have encountered one of those rare hardware glitches that doesn't make any sense and is extremely hard to trace, but there is good chance you won't have that problem.
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November 15, 2013 8:16:38 AM

Haha, thanks - I'm going to still put money that it's the PSU. Call me skeptical. :) 
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