I7 5820k or i7 4790k for gaming in the next 3-4 years?

I want to know which one would be more future proof for gaming. I know for gaming at the moment the i7 4790k is superior to the i7 5820k but im afraid games in the next 2-4 years might use more than 4 quads. I will pair it up with a gtx 980 so the graphic card is not a problem. I don't overclock and i only use 1 graphic card if this info is helpful at all. I am doing a complete upgrade, buying a brand new rig so having to spend extra on a new motherboard, dd4 and i7 5820k isn't a problem if the 5820k is indeed better for gaming.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. How come you worry about the processor for 3-4 years, but aren't worried about the GPU for 3-4 years? Additionally, on what basis do you claim that "the i7 4790k is superior to the i7 5820k?" There are several metrics that would dispute that claim?
  2. Karsten75 said:
    How come you worry about the processor for 3-4 years, but aren't worried about the GPU for 3-4 years? Additionally, on what basis do you claim that "the i7 4790k is superior to the i7 5820k?" There are several metrics that would dispute that claim?



    I plan to upgrade and use this cpu and gpu for the next 3 to 4 years. As for the i7 4790k being better than the i7 5820k in gaming, well i read it on a few other post from different sites. Maybe because the clock speed is higher as the 5820k is only 3.3?
  3. I think for gaming, 4 cores will be plenty for ~3 years. I don't see many current games blasting all 4 cores, so I don't think game developers will make games to take advantage of 6 cores any time soon.
    The higher clocked 4790k will be better for games than a lower clocked 6 core.

    Thats the CPU I chose for a long term build. GFX card will be upgraded as required, and CPU will be OC'd when needed.
  4. I wouldn't get the Core i7 5820K because it's so expensive to upgrade considering DDR4 and all the motherboards are expensive too. You really don't even need a Core i7 for gaming. I know people are getting worried that games are going to start using more than 4 cores soon but a Core i5 4690K should do just fine because although it lacks hyperthreading it still has 4 very strong cores. By the time a 4690K isn't able to play the latest games I'm sure the Core i7 4790K won't be able to either.
  5. I'd also suspect that the 4790K will outperform the 5820K now in all games, and, 3 years from now as well...; and even more so if the savings (not having to buy x99 chipset and DDR4) was invested in a better GPU (980x over a 970, etc...)
  6. i would suggest the i7 4790k with the gtx 980 it is enough you can run all the games at ultra settings for next 4 years i am sure.....
  7. By the time games need more than a quad core, the 5820k won't be of much use.
    The 4790k is what you should get.
  8. Hi.
    I have 4690k, radeon 295x2, 16gb ddr3/1866, and i was going to upgrade to 5930k basiclly x99 plat form, but i finally came to the conclusion that while im still able to play every game maxed out i will go with this setup. And i think that when the 4690k wont be enough the prices will drop pritty well especially with those ddr4. So i would still wait for price drop. And there is a nother major thing IF u are going with one GPU then 5820k is the choice cuz it can run up to 3-way sli/ crossfirex setups while the 5930k can handle 4way GPU setups due to the 40lanes capacity. So the answer go with the 5820k. Sry my bad english. Hope that this was any help.
  9. I have a overclocked 5820k to 4.3GHz paired with a R9 280x and it is awesome. I seriously don't understand why it gets bashed on so much. I have horrible internet connection and i usually has the highest ping in games but when i am playing online cod advanced warfare I am always the first one connected before everyone else while they are waiting for the game to load. And when I played with the i5 4570 and gtx 760 i was using before i would usually load in around when the countdown is at 10 seconds, but with the 5820k the game would load in at around with 20 second 's left to countdown so this setup loads COD at least twice as fast as my previous gaming rig.
  10. I have an air-cooled 5820K at 4.2GHz and would not recommend anything less than this. Intel won't really be releasing anything better until mid 2017 so you'll have a top of the line CPU for 2+ years with the 5820K and a really simple overclock. I can stream 720P/60FPS to twitch.tv while playing any game without breaking a sweat on this thing. Sometimes with about 3.5 cores worth of CPU usage while streaming certain games. I can only imagine I'd be cutting it close on resources with a quad core.
  11. arfett said:
    I have an air-cooled 5820K at 4.2GHz and would not recommend anything less than this. Intel won't really be releasing anything better until mid 2017 so you'll have a top of the line CPU for 2+ years with the 5820K and a really simple overclock. I can stream 720P/60FPS to twitch.tv while playing any game without breaking a sweat on this thing. Sometimes with about 3.5 cores worth of CPU usage while streaming certain games. I can only imagine I'd be cutting it close on resources with a quad core.


    So it is obviously clear from comments that those who just play would go for 4790K and those who are multitasking with streaming for example get more convenience from 5820K. I would still go for 5820K - its expensive now as well as DDR4 memory but in 2 years its going to be a norm (plus I am working with video and graphic design so its my professional need). In my opinion you might have less limitations to upgrade it later on, than what you will have to upgrade for 4790K in 2 years.
  12. I remember when I was shopping for a new build and I was in a similar dilemma stuck between two builds with a Core2Duo and Core2Quad processors. Then the argument was the same: Do I go with a higher clocked Core2Duo or, do I go for a slightly slower Core2Quad?

    I went with the Core2Duo build and it was fine and dandy for the first 2 years. But when games started utilising 2+ cores, my Core2Duo processor just couldn't cut it and I was left feeling a bit sour that I hadn't gone for the Core2Quad processor which was out of market by then.

    Bottom line is that I won't make the same mistake twice ever again. If I was to choose between the 4790K & 5820K, I would always choose the 6-Core processor. This is my experience talking, btw.
  13. I too went through that with the Core2Duo. Just last year I ended up buying a Q6600 chip ($40) and an additional 2gig stick of ram just so the old girl could keep up with all my browser tabs and Office software....My new rig has the 5820k and 32gb of ram. Lesson learned.


    Mugglensu1984 said:
    I remember when I was shopping for a new build and I was in a similar dilemma stuck between two builds with a Core2Duo and Core2Quad processors. Then the argument was the same: Do I go with a higher clocked Core2Duo or, do I go for a slightly slower Core2Quad?

    I went with the Core2Duo build and it was fine and dandy for the first 2 years. But when games started utilising 2+ cores, my Core2Duo processor just couldn't cut it and I was left feeling a bit sour that I hadn't gone for the Core2Quad processor which was out of market by then.

    Bottom line is that I won't make the same mistake twice ever again. If I was to choose between the 4790K & 5820K, I would always choose the 6-Core processor. This is my experience talking, btw.
  14. If you already have DDR3 memory why spend to go to DDR4 as it really has no effect on game performance. I'd say go with the 4790k and sit on it until Intel has a 10nm i7 class chip, as I intend to do at which time I'll be ready to upgrade everything including the memory.
  15. LetsPlayThisBro said:
    If you already have DDR3 memory why spend to go to DDR4 as it really has no effect on game performance. I'd say go with the 4790k and sit on it until Intel has a 10nm i7 class chip, as I intend to do at which time I'll be ready to upgrade everything including the memory.


    +1 This makes perfect sense.
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