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Do i need a i7 3770 for certain games?

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February 5, 2013 8:11:13 PM

I heard some games requires a good CPU, is that true? i know a lot of people would say i5 3570 is enough which is probably true for 90% of the games out there but what about very demanding mmorpgs and open world sandbox games? i would imagine having a i7 3770 would actually help on a decent level.

And is this a example of a high cpu demanding game? -> i have a i7 920 2.6 ghz and a gtx 260. When i play Guild Wars 2 on max i get no lag with very smooth fps but as soon as i enter a place with a lot of people, i start lagging. Since i only lag when theres a lot of people, would that mean that my graphic card is good enough and that i need a new cpu? Thanks in advance.

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February 5, 2013 11:32:05 PM

You need a new gpu first for the best increase in fps, an i5 3570k won't struggle with any games
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February 5, 2013 11:33:43 PM

lord hircine said:
I heard some games requires a good CPU, is that true? i know a lot of people would say i5 3570 is enough which is probably true for 90% of the games out there but what about very demanding mmorpgs and open world sandbox games? i would imagine having a i7 3770 would actually help on a decent level.

And is this a example of a high cpu demanding game? -> i have a i7 920 2.6 ghz and a gtx 260. When i play Guild Wars 2 on max i get no lag with very smooth fps but as soon as i enter a place with a lot of people, i start lagging. Since i only lag when theres a lot of people, would that mean that my graphic card is good enough and that i need a new cpu? Thanks in advance.



From what you are saying I would guess its RAM or Video card. What are your other system specs? I is NOT in any way shape or form the CPU.
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February 5, 2013 11:44:07 PM

There is no performance difference between the i5s and i7s when it comes to gaming.

You are being bottlenecked by the GTX 260. That i7 920 is still better than most CPUs.
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February 6, 2013 2:28:22 AM

Slap an i5-3570k or i5-2500k. Done deal.
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February 6, 2013 3:25:56 PM

Tom's Hardware did a performance benchmark of Guild Wars 2 (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-performance-benchmark,3268-8.html), and found that SB (Sandy Bridge) Core i5 is the best cpu to go with it. You could still go with your Gtx 260, but if want better video performance, you might want to upgrade to at least a GeForce 550 Ti, if you prefer nVidia, or Radeon HD 7750, if you want to try out Amd. All this is with "Best Appearance Detail Preset" at 1920x1080. If you're planning on upgrading your computer specs, you can also head over to Logical Increment's page (www.logicalincrements.com) to check out great computer builds. They also have a great article on the i7-3770k (http://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/i7-3770k-vs-i7-3820/).
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February 6, 2013 4:58:35 PM

I'll disagree with most...in that the I7 is a better choice as far as performance goes. That said, if you live on earth and bills to pay (like everyone else) then the performance per dollar is much more important....at which point the I5 usually wins the round.

I like the I7 architecture better myself but then again, I do a lot more than gaming...
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February 6, 2013 6:21:08 PM

if you cant play a game smoothly with a 3570 then theres something fundimentally wrong with the game engine. you should be able to play any modern game with a core 2 quad never mind an i5 or i7
putting a quad core on a socket 2011 is a waste of money. the only reason to get socket 2011 is if you can afford a 6 core. the i5 will give 99.9% of the performance of an 2011 quad core and do it substantially cheaper.
in real world perfomance the gains of a quad on 2011 compared to 1155 are about 1% on the cpu and 2% on the memeory another 1% on the gfx... thats if your lucky and find a game that can take advantage of the upgraded architecture...
if your doing 3d renders and 2 pass x264 trans-coding for a living then yes tha i7 will give a better performance bump due to hyperthreading but in general usage there is little difference and certainly not enough to warrant the price hike.

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February 6, 2013 8:29:35 PM

HEXiT said:
if you cant play a game smoothly with a 3570 then theres something fundimentally wrong with the game engine. you should be able to play any modern game with a core 2 quad never mind an i5 or i7
putting a quad core on a socket 2011 is a waste of money. the only reason to get socket 2011 is if you can afford a 6 core. the i5 will give 99.9% of the performance of an 2011 quad core and do it substantially cheaper.
in real world perfomance the gains of a quad on 2011 compared to 1155 are about 1% on the cpu and 2% on the memeory another 1% on the gfx... thats if your lucky and find a game that can take advantage of the upgraded architecture...
if your doing 3d renders and 2 pass x264 trans-coding for a living then yes tha i7 will give a better performance bump due to hyperthreading but in general usage there is little difference and certainly not enough to warrant the price hike.

Where did that come from? The i7-3770 (K and non-K) are lga1155.

But yeah, I've got to agree. The i5-3570K is the best bang for buck processor available just now. The i7 is £80-£100 dearer and all you get in return is hyperthreading, which is nice, but doesn't help one jot in games as they are still mostly coded for dual or single core processors. Very few games are capable of taking adavntage of a quad core cpu, and even those that do run very well on dual core cpus.
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February 7, 2013 5:33:40 PM

HEXiT said:
if you cant play a game smoothly with a 3570 then theres something fundimentally wrong with the game engine. you should be able to play any modern game with a core 2 quad never mind an i5 or i7
putting a quad core on a socket 2011 is a waste of money. the only reason to get socket 2011 is if you can afford a 6 core. the i5 will give 99.9% of the performance of an 2011 quad core and do it substantially cheaper.
in real world perfomance the gains of a quad on 2011 compared to 1155 are about 1% on the cpu and 2% on the memeory another 1% on the gfx... thats if your lucky and find a game that can take advantage of the upgraded architecture...
if your doing 3d renders and 2 pass x264 trans-coding for a living then yes tha i7 will give a better performance bump due to hyperthreading but in general usage there is little difference and certainly not enough to warrant the price hike.


This is true for most people (gamers). That said, most games will take advantage of up to four cores (or 2 real cores and 2 hyperthreaders for duos hyperthreading) I guess.

However, here's how I do it.

- I open Skype or Teamspeak (and have a group speak going)
- I open Fraps (for monitoring my FPS)
- I Open Origin / Chrome for launching BF3
- I Launch BF3
- I start recording the gameplay

Keep in mind I have 2 monitors, run in SLI mode, and usually play in stereoscopic 3D (3D Vision).

I don't do this every day but when I do, I'll be using all 8 cores (simultaneously).
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February 8, 2013 3:13:20 AM

SO to sum it all up , for games i7 is not necessary , an i5 will do the job.
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February 8, 2013 12:49:27 PM

First of all you need to see if your cpu is the thing that is bottlenecking in Guild Wars 2, overclock this i7 920 to 4.2GHz and if you don't see a massive fps increase then it is your GTX260.
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