Which one is better? i5 4690k overclocked or i7 4790k (but not overclocked)

I want to buy a cpu but im confused because i saw a video on YouTube about benchmarks, and in those benchmarks i5 4690k (overclocked) was performing better than i7 4790k (not overclocked). But of course i7 4790k is better when overclocked but in my budget i can't get i7 with a good cooler.
So should i go with i5 4690k and overclock it or should i buy i7 4790k and don't overclock that boy and buy a cooler i the future and overclock it.
But that means i have to run it on stock cooler of course without overlooking.
Im confused.
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  1. I would go for the i5 with a cooler.
  2. A lot depends on what you're going to do with it. Gaming? Get the i5. Gaming and video crunching/rendering? i7 would be preferable due to hyperthreading.

    I have an i5-4670k slightly clocked (4.1ghz) and it's plenty fast. I also have a Xeon server w an x3450 (equivalent to uc'd i7) and an 8 core Opteron (twin 2373ee 4 core cpus) server and both chew through video FASTER than the i5.

    Hope that gives some perspective...
  3. I don't know, I personally (if the prices are relatively equal) go with the i7 without big cooler, leaving room to grow in the future
  4. I'd go with the Xeon 1231 and put a decent air cooler on it (CM EVO 212) to keep it cool under heavy loads. That will give you more then enough performance for gaming yet can utilize HT for rendering. The only con about the Xeon is that you cant overclock it.
  5. All games love high frequency more than 30 CPU cores/threads.

    Therefore, 4 cores/threads at 4.5-5 GHz will perform better in games than 8 cores/threads at 4-4.4 GHz.
  6. Cryio said:
    All games love high frequency more than 30 CPU cores/threads.

    Therefore, 4 cores/threads at 4.5-5 GHz will perform better in games than 8 cores/threads at 4-4.4 GHz.


    Exactly. Until gaming becomes much more thread based and designed explicitly to be aware of and utilize those resources (such as hyperthreaded cores) higher frequency will win out. Heck, even a high-strung G3258 is a moderately potent gaming chip. But you have to overclock the crap out of it.
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