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Difference between i5 or i7 In Games Like Arma 3, GTA, or Planetside 2?

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August 13, 2014 10:26:01 AM

I currently use the i5 4570 and enjoy many games that have quite large maps. Would upgrading to and i7 4790 make any difference or be a waste of money?
August 13, 2014 10:27:50 AM

Not much difference if any at all. Keep the i5 it is DEFINITELY not worth the money to upgrade to an i7.
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August 13, 2014 10:35:24 AM

For gaming, i7 may not make any such performance increases as compared to the i5. Current gen games are not using more cores/threads hence i5 is more than enough to fulfill any gaming experience. With i7 we have two threads per core making it total 8 threads in 4 cores with hyper threading. Desktop apps, graphics rendering, video editing, CAD etc these are applications which take too much CPU resources hence i7/Xeon is recommended for them. But if you are building only gaming and normal desktop use, stick with i5 and save some bucks and put them into buying powerful GPU.
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August 13, 2014 10:37:16 AM

Agree I5 can be considered high-end CPU. It can handles any actual games. Upgrading to an I7 is not worth it. You would be better spending that 100$ difference in a better GPU on keep it in your pocket. simple.
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August 13, 2014 10:38:40 AM

you would be wasting your money, as games right now don't require lots of multithreading where the i7 excels, i5 will be equal to i7 in 99% of games.

However, if you game stream/record and game then the i7 will help because that requires high multithreading to prevent cpu bottleneck.

Your best option would be to get a Broadwell 5th gen i7 in the future.
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August 13, 2014 10:48:36 AM

Not much if i say. The i5 enough to handle cpu bound game but the i7 will handle easily.
Quad-core i5 it's enough to handle game nowdays even the i5-2300 sandy bridge at top tier on cpu gaming hierarchy chart.
Your CPU will very very fine for gaming next 2-3 years :) 
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