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The reason I ask this is because most knowledgeable people (if not all) recommend getting the i5 over the i7 for gaming. However, with the multi core CPUs coming out for PS4 and Xbox 720 (both will be 8 cores I believe?), there is no doubt that newer games will be better optimized for at least quad cores. So does this mean that in future gaming, and I mean post 2014, the i7 (4 cores with HT) will perform better than the i5 (just 4 cores)? I'll be buying a new CPU and mobo within the next few weeks. I'm wondering if I should get the i7 or i5, however I'm leaning more towards the i5.
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The PS4 is confirmed to be a quad core system. It is basically a gaming laptop. It is built around a quad core A10-4800M paired with a HD 7660G GPU. That is the actual hardware being sold in Playstation 4 development kits.

Proof--> http://www.zdnet.com/new-playstation-4-development-kit-contains-an-amd-heart-report-7000006895/

There is NO officially confirmed information on the Xbox 720. A development kit did get leaked from microsoft. The rumors are it has 8 CPU core Intel based CPU at 1.6GHz, with a Nvidia based 800MHz GPU, 8GB of RAM on board, and a 50GB-capable 6x Blu-ray drive. But these are just rumors.

In summary...... The only "offically confirmed" thing we know is that the PS4 is using a quad core. We do know there is speculation that the Xbox 720 will have I7 that is half the clock speed of any I7 currently on the market. Whatever you put in your PC, it will probably be many times faster than anything in a next gen console.
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The PS4 is confirmed to be a quad core system. It is basically a gaming laptop. It is built around a quad core A10-4800M paired with a HD 7660G GPU. That is the actual hardware being sold in Playstation 4 development kits.

Proof--> http://www.zdnet.com/new-playstation-4-development-kit-contains-an-amd-heart-report-7000006895/

There is NO officially confirmed information on the Xbox 720. A development kit did get leaked from microsoft. The rumors are it has 8 CPU core Intel based CPU at 1.6GHz, with a Nvidia based 800MHz GPU, 8GB of RAM on board, and a 50GB-capable 6x Blu-ray drive. But these are just rumors.

In summary...... The only "offically confirmed" thing we know is that the PS4 is using a quad core. We do know there is speculation that the Xbox 720 will have I7 that is half the clock speed of any I7 currently on the market. Whatever you put in your PC, it will probably be many times faster than anything in a next gen console.

Ummm, it uses a 8-core jaguar CPU.

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That article on zdnet is outdated. Sony has since officialy released the PS4 specs. It is an 8core AMD APU with a GPU that sits between a 7850 and 7870 performance-wise. Source

On a side note, it is pretty laughable how Sony states the PS4 is built around the 'next gen Radeon'. When AMD releases their 8xxx cards sometime this year, those would be a gen-after-next-gen according to Sony's logic. In reality by the time the PS4 is released it will be previous gen. But hey, anything to boost sales at the cost of un-informed consumers.
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The reason I ask this is because most knowledgeable people (if not all) recommend getting the i5 over the i7 for gaming. However, with the multi core CPUs coming out for PS4 and Xbox 720 (both will be 8 cores I believe?), there is no doubt that newer games will be better optimized for at least quad cores. So does this mean that in future gaming, and I mean post 2014, the i7 (4 cores with HT) will perform better than the i5 (just 4 cores)? I'll be buying a new CPU and mobo within the next few weeks. I'm wondering if I should get the i7 or i5, however I'm leaning more towards the i5.

I'm far from an expert on "gaming", but I'm guessing it will be a long time before a lot of the games take full advantage of an 6-core cpu, let alone 8-cores.
There is no reason for game makers to design games to take advantage of 6 and 8 core cpus when most people are still using 4 core cpus (and some still using 2-core cpus).
I would say invest in a motherboard that is more future proof and buy a cheaper (quad core) cpu.
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I'm far from an expert on "gaming", but I'm guessing it will be a long time before a lot of the games take full advantage of an 6-core cpu, let alone 8-cores.
There is no reason for game makers to design games to take advantage of 6 and 8 core cpus when most people are still using 4 core cpus (and some still using 2-core cpus).
I would say invest in a motherboard that is more future proof and buy a cheaper (quad core) cpu.

Developers had no reason to make games to take advantage of anything the PC platform had to offer. From a publisher perspective more money is to be had in making consoles games. Only very few games have been written specifically for the PC SKU.

As for the OP's question, if you're close to a Microcenter get the i7 on sale. If not and you have budget constraints and you are only gaming on your rig, go with an i5.
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