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While there aren't a ton of games that generate extraordinarily parallel workloads, the few that do benefit substantially (up to ~30%) from hyper-threading. For a gaming rig at this budget the i7-4770k is the "obvious" choice IMO. Console ports are likely to head more parallel in coming years, so as this machine ages the i7 will buy life-extension.

There is a lot of "confusion" about whether or not games "use" hyper-threading stemmed from the fact that the question is generally asked in the context of comparing the i5 and i7. The i5 can already scale to 4 threads, so most games don't benefit from the transition to the i7 because they don't spawn more than 4 highly active threads. When one observes those same games that run well on the i5 because they are 3-4 threaded, moved to an i3 based system, it is obvious that hyperthreading IS being used, as the resulting performance is not cut in half, rather, the consequences tend to be rather minimal except in limited circumstances.

Given the budget of the machine, the i7-4770k is the way I would go. The i5 is better suited to tighter budgets (sub$1000 builds) where the extra ~$100 for the CPU represents a larger penalty to the rest of the system.


I support the original position to just buy one big SSD. I think that represents the best approach given the size of games these days and the inconvenience of managing a system that is pushed to the limits of its boot/app drive. The M500 would absolutely be on my short list of options as well. (good pick!). I'd even entertain the idea of a RAID0 configuration of 2xSSD drives just for boot/load speed bragging rights (like 2x250GB drives mated together). Though I would only do this if the system had a mechanical storage drive that could be used for on-site backup (RAID0 configurations come with twice the risk of failure/data-loss).


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Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
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