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i5 4670k or I7 4770k for gaming, video editing and photography

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April 21, 2014 5:35:05 AM

I am just wondering does it really make sense to go up to the 4770k for the hyper threading if i am using lightroom, photoshop mainly, with occasional uses of premiere pro... and i do lots of gaming. I currently have two GTX570 Nvidia cards. (Think its time to upgrade to a new single card?)

Vs just getting the I5, maybe getting a nice cooler and saving some moneys.

Oh and to add to my setup, i just got a Asus PB278Q 1440p 27 inch monitor.

Also if you do say I5 what coolers and mother boards do you suggest?

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April 21, 2014 5:41:17 AM

so far, no, hyperthreading doesnt help. watchdogs looks like it will utilize hyperthreading though. so who knows in the future.
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April 21, 2014 5:43:28 AM

yes it does make sense, if it were just gaming I would strongly suggest saving your money and getting the i5, but your doing what the i7 successes in over the i5.

With Video editing and photography, The larger cache is very, very usefull and you'll need it. With my intel i7 4930k doing video editing it runs at about 50%, that's quite a lot for a 6 core processor with a 12MB cache, I can only strongly recommend the i7 4770k.
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April 21, 2014 5:49:52 AM

For gaming the i5 and i7 are pretty similar, but for processing work like you do the i7 will be superior. I think it comes down to which is more important in performance for you. For instance, if you had a 500 dollar budget you could get a 250 i5 4670k and a 250 dollar video card for some great gaming performance... or you can get a 350 dollar i7 4770k and a 150 dollar video card for some decent gaming performance.

Lots has changed since this benchmark, but I did find http://www.overclock.net/t/1080908/to-hyperthread-or-no... which seems to have a pretty good comparison between having HT on and off in various adobe products.

In certain cases the i7 does fairly well, for example over at http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i5_4670K_... in their handbrake test the i7 at 4Ghz beats the i5 at 4Ghz by about 35% (but is about 40% more expensive).

Personally, if the processors are that close, and are nearly the same in most gaming scenarios I would spend more on video and less on processor and look at GPU acceleration and ensure you get a card that does whatever software you use most really well. As an example, if you want to record your in game video, maybe an NVidia card because of shadowplay... or if you can use OpenCL in most of the software you use for video editing maybe an AMD video card is in order.
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April 21, 2014 5:51:19 AM

Even I got the same question.. I am looking for an upgrade from Phenom 965BE.. however, its a good one and runs most of the games currently available.. however, watchdogs is something that's bothering me and forcing me for an upgrade.. the i7 is too pricey, the 8650 is 2 years old.. and the support for the socket may cease to exist soon.. there is so much uncertainty now..
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April 21, 2014 6:12:22 AM

vadafallon said:
I am just wondering does it really make sense to go up to the 4770k for the hyper threading if i am using lightroom, photoshop mainly, with occasional uses of premiere pro... and i do lots of gaming. I currently have two GTX570 Nvidia cards. (Think its time to upgrade to a new single card?)

Vs just getting the I5, maybe getting a nice cooler and saving some moneys.

Also if you do say I5 what coolers and mother boards do you suggest?


If you're only using your visual effects programs occasionally you can save money and just get the i5. However, programs like Premiere Pro and After Effects, starting with CS5 I think, do take advantage of Hyperthreading so if you're working with large and advanced projects, like those with 15+ layers, you'll notice a difference. That said, the i5 is more than suitable. Larger amounts of RAM made more of a difference for me when I upgraded from my i5 to an i7 and going from 8GB to 12GB.

I would go with the i7. The reason I say that is because I have a single R9 270x and I can play most games on high or ultra. So far Metro was the only game I've tried to play that I had to turn down to high to keep 40+ FPS at 1080p. The R9 270x is barely better than a single GTX 570. Two in SLI should be smoking that and you should give you good performance in most games that are out right now unless you're running in those ridiculous resolutions, in which case I'd expect that you have more than enough money to just get the i7 and a new GPU.
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April 21, 2014 6:15:51 AM

The i7 for editing the i5 for gaming so get the i7 if you're going to edit
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April 21, 2014 6:41:25 AM

Yeah i think i am going to go with the I7 and make sure i get 12-16 gigs of ram this time. Should be good for a while and then the next thing i will have to upgrade would be my video card. Hopefully not for a while though.
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April 21, 2014 10:36:06 AM

illuminatuz said:
Even I got the same question.. I am looking for an upgrade from Phenom 965BE.. however, its a good one and runs most of the games currently available.. however, watchdogs is something that's bothering me and forcing me for an upgrade.. the i7 is too pricey, the 8650 is 2 years old.. and the support for the socket may cease to exist soon.. there is so much uncertainty now..


If it's for a gaming rig you'd pick the 4670k anyway so no use looking at the i7. My 3570k simply destroys my kids 965BE . . . but what do you expect for an 80 dollar processor vs a 240 dollar one :) 



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