Do I really need an i7 for witcher 3?

MadMorigan

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Hey, I've been wondering,

The recommended specs for witcher 3 have i7. My plan originally was to wait for skylake but it seems like skylake is only gonna offer a small performance gain. So now I'm thinking of getting a 4690k + msi gaming 5 mobo and hope that the performance will not be horrible.

Please let me know what you think
 

BigMuffinMan

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I definitely agree. For gaming only there's just no need for an i7.

 

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I know this thread is old. However Someone might gain something if I post.

I have the i5-4690, and I sort of wish I had bought the 4790K. At the time I purchased, the i5 was £160, and the 4790 or 4790K was about £260. Now the 4790K is £309.

However there are games where the 4690 struggles, though other factors could have been involved. Other factors meaning, IE11 open in the background when playing games. I have found I need to shut down other tasks. Otherwise the CPU can max and cause a hitch in games.

Looking back I can't recall if I had IE11 open when playing the following games. However two games come to mind where the CPU was not enough. Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Borderlands The Pre Sequel.

The Witcher 3 will run the 4690 very high with apps open in the background.

In busy areas in AC:S, the CPU would max and frame rate drop below 60fps. In BL:TPS, when bits were flying everywhere, it caused drop in fps.

Someone commented to me that their 4790K was playing AC:S perfectly. I have to conclude either I didn't have background tasks shut down. Or the i7 is better.
 
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