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Is it worth getting an i7 4790k over an i5 4690k?!

I have saved and saved and saved for this gosh darned computer and I thought maybe, it would be worth it to save a bit more for an i7.
I will be using it predominantly for gaming, and I will hope to be doing some overclocking.
1stly: is it worth future proofing my pc so that maybe future games can optimise the hyperthreading with the i7,or should I just leave it with the i5
2nd: Could I overclock the i5 to speeds ABOVE the i7. Maybe 4.6GHz-4.8GHz.

P.S I've bought an MSI mpower max ac, apparently it's an overclocking board.
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  1. stick with the i5 unless you render vids or stream your games and yes, m power is a oc board
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    Yes you could overclock an i5 to 4.6-4.8Ghz, and for gaming the i5-4690K will probably be enough for quite some time. Some games will probably start supporting hyperthreading, but they will still rely more on the graphics card, so you shouldn't have any trouble. And yes, your board can overclock, but why such an expensive board?
  3. Not for gaming, no, not really. The performance gains on CPU of i-5 vs i-7 are minimal, for gaming purposes. If you are rending video and 3d modeling etc.. it is a different story. But the i-5 is going to be able to handle current and next gen games similarly to the i-7. When this generation of CPU is obsolete, both these CPUs will be exactly that, so there is no future proof value (I hate that term). Luckily, we should not have to worry about that for a long time.

    It's possible with the 4690K. Depends on how lucky you get with the CPUs individual OC capability.
  4. If you have the sources, then you should definately go with i7, reasons being:

    More clock freq. 4-4.4GHz vs i5's 3.5-3.9GHz
    More cache: 8MB vs i5's 6MB
    More threading: 8 vs i5's 4
    And of course more energy efficient

    The real question is of price, are you willing to pay 100 Euros extra for the above mentioned specs?
    If you can afford it, then yes you're future proofed with the Quad core 8 threaded i7.

    And no i5 can be overclocked upto about 4.5GHz. i7 can get there just by turbo boost.

    IMO: i7>i5 in your situation
  5. MeteorsRaining said:
    If you have the sources, then you should definately go with i7, reasons being:

    More clock freq. 4-4.4GHz vs i5's 3.5-3.9GHz
    More cache: 8MB vs i5's 6MB
    More threading: 8 vs i5's 4
    And of course more energy efficient

    The real question is of price, are you willing to pay 100 Euros extra for the above mentioned specs?
    If you can afford it, then yes you're future proofed with the Quad core 8 threaded i7.

    And no i5 can be overclocked upto about 4.5GHz. i7 can get there just by turbo boost.

    IMO: i7>i5 in your situation


    Why would you go for a i7 if you just game... waste of money much?
  6. There is no such thing as a future-proof CPU, you don't know what games will require in a couple years from now.
  7. legend001523 said:
    MeteorsRaining said:
    If you have the sources, then you should definately go with i7, reasons being:

    More clock freq. 4-4.4GHz vs i5's 3.5-3.9GHz
    More cache: 8MB vs i5's 6MB
    More threading: 8 vs i5's 4
    And of course more energy efficient

    The real question is of price, are you willing to pay 100 Euros extra for the above mentioned specs?
    If you can afford it, then yes you're future proofed with the Quad core 8 threaded i7.

    And no i5 can be overclocked upto about 4.5GHz. i7 can get there just by turbo boost.

    IMO: i7>i5 in your situation


    Why would you go for a i7 if you just game... waste of money much?


    That's legitimate but more the power, less the problems. Doesn't mean i5 loses, its just that i7 IS better than i5.
  8. it's been tested that a i7 only increases fps by 2-3 frames, therfore, for gaming, it's not ideal
  9. If you do any sort of editing or rendering then feel free to go ahead with the i7. You also can have bragging rights by getting it too. However, if you mainly game on it, I would recommend saving the hundred or so by going with the i5 and sinking the difference into a better GPU. Great choice on motherboard by the way. I own the regular z87 MSI Mpower. The board has been fantastic to me so far and it has performed flawlessly in other builds that I have constructed as well.
  10. legend001523 said:
    it's been tested that a i7 only increases fps by 2-3 frames, therfore, for gaming, it's not ideal


    Agreed. No doubt i5 will do the job flawlessly today. I was just telling to get an all rounder PC, if you don't mind the price.
  11. yes but the i5 4690k is the go to intel cpu for most gamers today, and it's good for everyday situations,
  12. Sure. Maybe it'd be better not to shed 100 extra bucks, for some better efficiency. I'm no expert lol :)
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