Which processor should I buy for gaming?

Hi. Im wondering which processor of the i7 series should I buy? I am gonna use it for gaming but I have no clue which to buy.
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  1. There's lots of different i7's, whats your budget?
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  2. I will recommend Ryzen 1600 for just gaming purpose, so you can save money to get a better GPU.
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  3. i7 8700k or i7 8700. You wouldn't even really need an i7 for gaming as a i5 8400 or i5 8600k would be just fine for basically every game.
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  4. Get an i5 8600k, basically the same or better (game dependent) as the i7 7700k.
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  5. i5 8400 performs better versus a ryzen 1600 and costs 20-30 bucks (only because you cant buy h370 motherboards)
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  6. I am gonna get gtx 1060 6gb graphic card. My choice was i5-8400 with gtx 1060 6gb but my cousin told me that i7 is better
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  7. blackrockmountain said:
    I am gonna get gtx 1060 6gb graphic card. My choice was i5-8400 with gtx 1060 6gb but my cousin told me that i7 is better


    The i7 is better, but you wouldn't really notice a difference unless you're running a 144+Hz monitor and had a high end GPU, eg. GTX 1080 or better. If you're only targeting 60Hz and are only going to be using a midrange card like the GTX 1060, then the i7 is much less beneficial unless you're also going to be using productivity software that benefits from the i7's extra threads.
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  8. If you also buy a new MOBO, think about Ryzen 1600 for $199, with a new MOBO for $79, like below:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128991

    Then you can save money for GTX 1080:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126110&cm_re=gtx_1080-_-14-126-110-_-Product
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  9. IMO, get an i5 and the best video card you can. Don't move up to an i7 if it means going with a lesser video card.
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  10. delta5 said:
    IMO, get an i5 and the best video card you can. Don't move up to an i7 if it means going with a lesser video card.


    I am gonna get gtx 1060 6gb for sure. I am wondering about the CPU.
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  11. if you have no budget, obviously these are the popular choices 7700k but if you have a lot of multitasking with heavy apps. like browser. streaming. encoding videos. and gaming at the same time. go for 8700k. the gaming fps between them is only 5 fps average in favor of the 8700k.

    if you are on a budget. the highest i5 k for either skylake or coffeelake (multitasking) is fine. you can tweak your budget going higher from there towards i7.

    sorry i am intel biased. :D
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  12. Okay thanks marksavio. Im probably gonna get 7700k
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  13. 8600K will be useable/viable for gaming much longer than 7700K, and, outperforms it....; as the 8600K costs less , that should serve to make the decision somewhat less difficult.
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  14. my friend is a game programmer for ubisoft. single-core cpu is where you should go. achieving parellism performance (taking advantage of multicore) is hard to achieve. and not much improvement in the game programming anytime later in the future to support multicore enhanchements.
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  15. marksavio said:
    my friend is a game programmer for ubisoft. single-core cpu is where you should go. achieving parellism performance (taking advantage of multicore) is hard to achieve. and not much improvement in the game programming anytime later in the future to support multicore enhanchements.


    Lol, ubisoft. A game dev known for their horribly running games.
    I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that they don't know how to optimize a game for multiple cores.
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  16. ? rofl someone is salty. im talking in general. not just for ubisoft. dont u know most programmers running in contracts between companies/projects. they all work on generally the same software.
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  17. I'd easily pick the 8600k over the 7700k. Not only does it perform slightly better all round but by using the latest motherboard chipset there is a chance for future upgrades, with the older Z270 boards there will be no new CPU's for them and with a 7700k you have nothing better to choose from.
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  18. marksavio said:
    ? rofl someone is salty. im talking in general. not just for ubisoft. dont u know most programmers running in contracts between companies/projects. they all work on generally the same software.


    Why would i be "salty"? i haven't wasted any money on their games.
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  19. based on intels patterns, most likely they will release a new board which will only be compatible with the z370 chips rn. this doesnt mean the 7700k will lag behind. just a new architecture and better efficiency all around. if one were to only be worried about his game performances, then all he needs is an upgrade on his GPU/OC his CPU.
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  20. What is the difference between 8400 and 8600k?
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  21. blackrockmountain said:
    What is the difference between 8400 and 8600k?


    The 8600k has higher clockspeeds and can be overclocked. Both however have really similar gaming performance so the 8400 is better as it's usually a lot cheaper.
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  22. Okay thanks
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  23. you can go for the i5-8600k. same price as what u suggested earlier. at least if you want to upgrade your board as well next year your chip is still usable. even if you sacrifice the single core performance. its only a couple of fps lower in difference.
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  24. Supernova1138 said:
    blackrockmountain said:
    I am gonna get gtx 1060 6gb graphic card. My choice was i5-8400 with gtx 1060 6gb but my cousin told me that i7 is better


    The i7 is better, but you wouldn't really notice a difference unless you're running a 144+Hz monitor and had a high end GPU, eg. GTX 1080 or better. If you're only targeting 60Hz and are only going to be using a midrange card like the GTX 1060, then the i7 is much less beneficial unless you're also going to be using productivity software that benefits from the i7's extra threads.

    Yeah, I am running 60 hz monitor. Thanks
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  25. blackrockmountain said:
    Hi. Im wondering which processor of the i7 series should I buy? I am gonna use it for gaming but I have no clue which to buy.


    I would recommend the Core i7 8700K. You can do a comparison to other i7 processors at UserBenchmark.com.
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  26. TheStig47 said:
    blackrockmountain said:
    Hi. Im wondering which processor of the i7 series should I buy? I am gonna use it for gaming but I have no clue which to buy.


    I would recommend the Core i7 8700K. You can do a comparison to other i7 processors at UserBenchmark.com.



    The site said its better than the I5-8400 and i5-8600k but is it good if my monitor is 60hz?
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