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Cpu Or Ram Upgrade?

Hello every one, so I plan on upgrading my system and wanted some advice. I wanted to know if you think I should upgrade my cpu or ram. My rig is used for gaming and editing. I use programs like after effects, cinema 4d, boujou and photoshop. I also play all the latest games at there highest settings.

I currently have a Haswell I5 4670k (Overclocked to 4.0ghz) and 8gigs of patriot viper extreme DDR3 ram. I was planning on either upgrading to a Haswell I7 4770k or 16gigs of corsair vengeance. I cant do both.

Which do you think would be better for my gaming / editing rig?

Thanks for your time.
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  1. For video editing, ram is really important, and I think that would be the most cost effective upgrade. You won't see any noticeable improvement if you switch from the i5 to the i7 for gaming, but it could help with video editing.
  2. I'd say this is a tough choice since i7-4770K will help with massive amounts of editing and it will help with gaming.
    16GB of RAM would help you with running a lot of editing software.
    I think I'd go for the i7-4770K just because it will help with both editing and gaming.
  3. upgrading to an i7 costs ~300, but adding 8gb of ram is ~ 70. You will get more performance by getting an i7, but I don't think either upgrade is worth it. If you are maxing out your ram, then go for it, but otherwise neither one is worth the boost and i'd just save it for a future build or something else.
  4. I probably should have said it earlier but I can only use 2 sticks of ram (Due to my cpu cooler) so I would buy to sticks of 8gig. I am maxing out my ram when doing my editing work which is why I am considering the ram upgrade, but I thought the i7 8 logical cores and hyper threading would also be a good benefit.
  5. SyntheticPulse said:
    I probably should have said it earlier but I can only use 2 sticks of ram (Due to my cpu cooler) so I would buy to sticks of 8gig. I am maxing out my ram when doing my editing work which is why I am considering the ram upgrade, but I thought the i7 8 logical cores and hyper threading would also be a good benefit.


    They would be of help indeed.
  6. Are you capping either of them out when on your most extreme task? Try adding in another monitor, and shoot a task manager out there to monitor your levels. Might just have more of an effect upgrading your GPU if they both look fine. the 4770k is a fine processor and I always found it tough to max out RAM capacity, any extra ram never used is pretty useless, like having an big'ol cup to fill up 1/4th of it.
  7. Best answer
    If you are maxing out your memory when doing editing work then the memory upgrade would be more important during that time than adding 4 more Hyperthreading cores and would likely net your more performance. Although during the times you aren't maxing your memory the extra 4 Hyperthreading cores might help (depending on the application). But like others said the cost to performance benefit would be low on the CPU and memory otherwise. (Although when memory is maxed out extra memory gives a HUGE performance increase)
  8. The cpu is not capped out just the ram.
  9. Also I have two evga gtx 760 oc's so the gpu's are good.
  10. Rami Zerker Reini said:
    I'd say this is a tough choice since i7-4770K will help with massive amounts of editing and it will help with gaming.
    16GB of RAM would help you with running a lot of editing software.
    I think I'd go for the i7-4770K just because it will help with both editing and gaming.


    SyntheticPulse said:
    I probably should have said it earlier but I can only use 2 sticks of ram (Due to my cpu cooler) so I would buy to sticks of 8gig. I am maxing out my ram when doing my editing work which is why I am considering the ram upgrade, but I thought the i7 8 logical cores and hyper threading would also be a good benefit.


    SyntheticPulse said:


    I think if you're maxing out your ram, that would be your best bet, plus it's cheaper than the CPU. Hyperthreading is good for editing, but useless for gaming. I think that the i7 is something like 5% better than the i5 for gaming, which is essentially unnoticeable.
  11. Thank you ALL for the quick responses. I went with this kit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233280
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