i5-6600K or i7-6700K for gaming build

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i5-6600K or i7-6700K for gaming build

Post by solo0017 » 24 Oct 2016, 17:14

Hi folks

I'm in the final stages of locking down the components for my new build but the last component I'm still not 100% sure on is the CPU. It's either going to be an i5-6600K or an i7-6700K. The build will be just for gaming and I've read a heap of forums on i5 vs i7 (Tom's Hardware, Anandtech, Geforce, PCPartpicker) and it seems that either will be fine for gaming. My budget isn't really an issue so the extra $100 isn't too critical but I wanted to get an idea on whether the i7 is actually worth it.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Post by Mythor » 24 Oct 2016, 17:19

If you're interested in streaming or recording gameplay videos, the i7 may be worth the investment. If it's just for gaming, either save the $100 (for a game!) or put those savings elsewhere in the build. e.g. more ram, additional storage, cpu cooler etc.
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Re: i5-6600K or i7-6700K for gaming build

Post by bender » 24 Oct 2016, 20:14

Currently the i7 wont make much of a difference. However, the i7 might be worth it if your looking for a bit more future proofing. As games get more and more complicated, having a larger data and instruction cache (the i7) will future proof the CPU a bit more. Furthermore, with DX12 and vulkan on the horizon, games will scale significantly better with more threads.

CPU's are remaining relevant for significantly longer these days (4+ years min). IMHO its worth investing in a good CPU (and motherboard) if you have the cash. I'm in my 5th year for my 2600k and the only thing i'm thinking of replacing is the GPU.

If you got the cash and want a little bit more future proofing (or as mythor said streaming/recording), go for the i7, otherwise the i5 is fine.
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Re: i5-6600K or i7-6700K for gaming build

Post by solo0017 » 25 Oct 2016, 09:13

Thanks for the input Mythor and bender. I think I will invest the extra $100 now and go for the i7 to add a bit of future-proofing to the build.
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Post by solo0017 » 27 Oct 2016, 10:57

bender wrote:its worth investing in a good CPU (and motherboard)
I'm currently looking at the Gigabyte Z170-HD3 as my new motherboard as it has received some good reviews for its price-point (2015 Editor Recommends from Tom's Hardware and currently ~$180). Do you have any other boards that I could look at? The next price-point seems to be between ~$230-$250. I will only be using one GPU so SLI isn't a concern. I seem to keep second-guessing my decision whenever I read a new post - very frustrating :?
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Post by Makena » 27 Oct 2016, 11:02

I have that motherboard, got it earlier this year when I upgraded, it has been fine so far, has all the features I wanted and the price was good.
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Post by ChainsawMcP » 27 Oct 2016, 22:41

solo0017 wrote:Thanks for the input Mythor and bender. I think I will invest the extra $100 now and go for the i7 to add a bit of future-proofing to the build.
I did that 3 years ago with an i7 3770

Was looking at the specs for BF1 and thinking maybe I'd need an upgrade - but it still keeps chugging along

Any upgrade for me now would be a full "new CPU needs a new motherboard, needs new RAM" deal - so I'm glad I invested back then
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