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What do you guys think re: i5 vs i7?

#1Mr BumpPosted 5/11/2014 5:11:50 PM
Tom's Hardware, who I have a fair bit of respect for, think that a i5 4670k is all I really need in my new gaming PC, but do you lot think the i7 4770k is worth the extra bump in price? What games coming up will support hyper threading? I would like whatever processor I buy to last me for a good few years and not be dragging it's feet after 6 months...
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#2CultCryptikPosted 5/11/2014 5:13:48 PM
No reason not to get an i7 unless you're poor
#3PraetorXynPosted 5/11/2014 5:16:45 PM
The i7 is more future proof. Since the "next gen" consoles have terrible single-threaded performance but 8 logical cores, I'd expect games to finally start taking advantage of more than 4 cores.

It really probably wouldn't matter much though except in certain games.
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#4ShubPosted 5/11/2014 5:20:20 PM
As an i7-4770K owner, I will tell you that Hyper-Threading has been around for a decade and it has yet to be of much use in all but a few games, so I wouldn't hold my breath... I strongly doubt that you'll have any issues with anything 6 months or a year or two years down the line because you got an i5-4670K.
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#5Xeeh_BitzPosted 5/11/2014 5:24:59 PM
Get the i7, the advantages it has in some production applications and some of the games that actually use the extra threads makes the $100 difference worth it.
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#6CELTEKKPosted 5/11/2014 5:32:27 PM
i7. the pinnacle of consumer computing.
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#7godplaysSNESPosted 5/11/2014 5:34:40 PM
If you intend to use that PC for as long as possible, go with the i7. CPUs are a chore to upgrade (new mobo + CPU, possibly DDR4 too in the future), and old CPUs using the same socket don't really get cheaper down the line.

Crysis 3 is a game shown to benefit noticeably on an i7. As another poster said, it's very likely that games will become more multithreaded with the PS4/Xbone having six cores available for gaming.
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#8DragnfyrPosted 5/11/2014 5:36:27 PM
Stick with i5.
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#9JKatarnPosted 5/11/2014 5:42:14 PM
CultCryptik posted...
No reason not to get an i7 unless you're poor


That's an idiotic statement, let me give you an example: "Well, this 40K car costs twice as much as the 20K car but only offers 5% more MPG, 3 new features, I'm not poor, I mine as well buy the 40K car!" This is obviously an extreme example, but most people (with fiduciary sense that is) want to get the most out of their money/not be in credit card debt/have piss-poor credit the rest of their lives.
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#10hungry_zealotPosted 5/11/2014 5:50:02 PM
JKatarn posted...
CultCryptik posted...
No reason not to get an i7 unless you're poor


That's an idiotic statement, let me give you an example: "Well, this 40K car costs twice as much as the 20K car but only offers 5% more MPG, 3 new features, I'm not poor, I mine as well buy the 40K car!" This is obviously an extreme example, but most people (with fiduciary sense that is) want to get the most out of their money/not be in credit card debt/have piss-poor credit the rest of their lives.


To be fair, if $100 extra on a processor is going to send you spiraling into deep credit card debt for the rest of your life, you probably don't need to build a new desktop in the first place and have other problems to worry about first.