Should I go with the i7 3770k or the i5 3570k CPU?

by on September 17, 2012

Q: I have a Q6600 intel quad core processor running at stock 2.4Ghz and a HD 6950 GPU. Im thinking of building a new computer in a few months and i am decinding on whether to go with the i7 3770k or the i5 3570k CPU.. From my own research ive found lots of people saying the i7 is not going to give you any better proformance then the i5 as it pertains to games because of this thing called “hyperthreading”. OK.
But I also want to make sure that whatever i buy will last awhile so i dont have to upgrade for a very long time.
So will getting the i7 help out in the future should games start using hyperthreading? or do you think games simply WONT use hyperthreading in the future and only CAD and video editing applications will see use for it?

If its likely future games will use hyperTh then mabe it will be worth it for the i7 over the i5…

I plan on hooking up a corsar H100 water cooler to whatever i get, putting it all on a sabertooth z77 mobo and overclocking the living daylights out of it 🙂

All i really use the computer for is playing ultra graphics intense games, and writing papers for school. No CAD, or other programs of the like. So if its forseeable that future games wont benifit from hyperthreading, im more then happy to go with the i5 and put the saved money elseware.

Thank you!

One Response to “Should I go with the i7 3770k or the i5 3570k CPU?”

    Both processors will probably be outdated within the next few years regardless. However from my research the biggest difference as you mentioned is the Hyper Threading. If you don’t care for that then the i5 will be fine. Also from what I found the i5 actually runs a little cooler in temp and is more overclock friendly.

    If you do other tasks on your PC like digital art/video then HT will come in handy.

    It really comes down to what you want most out of your PC and if it is gaming then i might select the i5