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I put up a rig on the forums yesterday and since i was looking for a rig that would be long lasting and be able to play most games on Medium-Ultra for a couple of years and i'm not sure if the rig is gonna be good for games such as DayZ standalone, Arma 2 and Arma 3.

Because these games are very CPU intensive is it worth getting an i7?
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The HyperTransport in the i7 shouldn't offer any tangible benefit over the i5 in those games.

Could someone explain a bit further why it wouldn't affect any game performance? I'm not that experienced with PC hardware so i have alot of questions in mind smile.gif
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I opted for an i7 for games that benefit from HT. the games that don't, I can leave it on or I can turn it off. i keep ht off 'cause i only have a single 290. much cooler but i have the option if i play games like BF3MP. i think the oc is what really matters in these games depending on the settings and resolution.

if you have a budget for an i7 . . . i'd say go for it.
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I opted for an i7 for games that benefit from HT. the games that don't, I can leave it on or I can turn it off. i keep ht off 'cause i only have a single 290. much cooler but i have the option if i play games like BF3MP. i think the oc is what really matters in these games depending on the settings and resolution.

if you have a budget for an i7 . . . i'd say go for it.

If not, then any i5 K edition will do just fine. Games that are CPU heavy are like strategy games. Civ V, Starcraft II, those types of games. I would rather get the i5 and then spend that extra money on a graphics card.
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I put up a rig on the forums yesterday and since i was looking for a rig that would be long lasting and be able to play most games on Medium-Ultra for a couple of years and i'm not sure if the rig is gonna be good for games such as DayZ standalone, Arma 2 and Arma 3.

Because these games are very CPU intensive is it worth getting an i7?
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

The HyperTransport in the i7 shouldn't offer any tangible benefit over the i5 in those games.

Could someone explain a bit further why it wouldn't affect any game performance? I'm not that experienced with PC hardware so i have alot of questions in mind smile.gif

This happens whenever what's limiting is the speed of the single cores. The i5 and i7 have basically the same cores so both things produce the exact same FPS at the same speed if the game depends on a certain task that runs on a single core. If that one core struggles with that single task, that's what limits everything and all the other cores don't matter.

Here's a screenshot of SC2 CPU load in a situation where the FPS drop (late in the game and two large armies clashing into each other). That might help you understand:

http://i.imgur.com/jx8ZauV.png

HT disabled also helps a good bit with the temperatures and you might be able to overclock a bit more without it.
Edited by deepor - 5/15/14 at 2:55pm
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