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    Hi guys

    about to order a computer, but debating getting a I5 or I7 CPU?

    I'm not sure if there's that big of a difference between the two? It's an extra £90 for the I7.... I'm not great at PCs so would like some extra information

    Any advice is great!

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    (Original post by Jack182)
    Hi guys

    about to order a computer, but debating getting a I5 or I7 CPU?

    I'm not sure if there's that big of a difference between the two? It's an extra £90 for the I7.... I'm not great at PCs so would like some extra information

    Any advice is great!

    thanks
    Hi Jack,

    That would depend entirely on what you're planning on doing with your PC.

    For the most part, I'd recommend an i5. I'd only suggest an i7 for those wanting to play the high end AAA games at Ultra or those who use multi-threaded applications, such as a video editing suite.
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    And even the "high end AAA on Ultra" is somewhat questionable, on the "Most Demanding Games" list on pc requirements lab, only The Evil Within recommends an i7 (and even then it will probably run fine on a i5 maxed). Going a bit further afield, FC4 doesn't recommend an i7, and in fact the i5 it recommends is actually rather mediocre; Witcher 3 recommends a i7 3770k, but again, I expect will work fine on, say, a 4590(k); Unity also recommends a 3770k, but I doubt having an i5 would make much difference given how badly that game was written, I can have my CPU under heavy external load and not lose many frames because the game is written so bad; Rome II is I very much expect, but haven't actually looked at CPU use while playing, a CPU heavy game with the AI, and it only recommends a 2nd gen i5; CoH 2, again, I expect fairly heavy on the CPU from AI (although also, like Rome II very heavy on the GPU) also only wants a i5 quad core.

    Obviously we can't talk for the future, and we will be tending towards more cores and more threads=good, but for now I still reckon that the only reason to go for i7 is money to burn or specialist software.
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    The older games tend to work better on the i5..........however the new games are being optimised to utilise the hyper threading hence the i7 on Witcher for example.

    It was always the case that the i5 for gaming and the i7 for more serious things like CAD, serious video editing, etc This is because the hyperthreading would cause slight issues, but now game developers are taking hyperthreading into account along with making the most out of processors with more than 4 cores.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    And even the "high end AAA on Ultra" is somewhat questionable
    I agree to a point, and 6 months ago I'd say that going i7 for gaming is a waste, but if I were to build a rig now and I could afford an i7 (with the intention of purely gaming), I think I would go for one. Just about.
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    Thanks for reply

    Well I will be wanting to be play some new games coming out not many, only one comes to mind is the witcher. I don't really care for playing on ultra graphics really. Think an i5 Could handle it on medium/high graphics?

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    Hi mate thanks for the reply

    I went with the i5! It was only a 90 quid difference but was told i5 is better value for money with what I want to play. Will want to play the witcher when it comes out so just hoping it plays ok! Think it will? I only play wow and steam games really so should be cool



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    Hey thanks for reply!

    I went with the i5 in the end based on some recommendations from friends and some forums. Apparently for wjat I want to do with it, an i5 will do just fine for the next 2 years!!

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    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    Hi Jack,

    That would depend entirely on what you're planning on doing with your PC.

    For the most part, I'd recommend an i5. I'd only suggest an i7 for those wanting to play the high end AAA games at Ultra or those who use multi-threaded applications, such as a video editing suite.
    Would echo this tbh

    I don't see the point in getting an i7 unless you REALLY need it. Got an i3 CPU here (Can't recall the exact model)
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    Change of plan, I got an I7 instead! Realised I'll need to use autocad for uni work so that'll be best. my friends say I should upgrade my ssd too from a 120gb.... not sure tho

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    Change of plan, I got an I7 instead! Realised I'll need to use autocad for uni work so that'll be best. my friends say I should upgrade my ssd too from a 120gb.... not sure tho

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    Depends entirely if you need quick loading times of your assets and not just your programs.
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    (Original post by Jack182)
    Change of plan, I got an I7 instead! Realised I'll need to use autocad for uni work so that'll be best. my friends say I should upgrade my ssd too from a 120gb.... not sure tho

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    id recommend going for a nwme m.2 hard drive (samsung evo series are by far the best), but make sure the motherboard is compatible. the read and write speeds on m.2s is way higher than SATA SSDs (3500mbps/2100mbps vs 540mbps / 530mbps). pricewise, its around £70-90 more expensive than a ssd (250gb-2tb)

    also make sure you invest in a decent graphics card as youll need to render with autocad and from experience with rendering equipment, intel integrated graphics is crap / takes forever
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    (Original post by quasa)
    id recommend going for a nwme m.2 hard drive (samsung evo series are by far the best), but make sure the motherboard is compatible. the read and write speeds on m.2s is way higher than SATA SSDs (3500mbps/2100mbps vs 540mbps / 530mbps). pricewise, its around £70-90 more expensive than a ssd (250gb-2tb)

    also make sure you invest in a decent graphics card as youll need to render with autocad and from experience with rendering equipment, intel integrated graphics is crap / takes forever
    Since this thread is from 2 years ago I'm going to assume they've already made their choice at this point...
 
 
 
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