Just wondering since I just bought Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition on Steam and it's horrendously laggy on my PC for some reason. I don't know if it's because I need an intel i7 instead of an i5 or if I'm just doing something wrong. It can't be my RAM since it already has 8GB.
The main difference between an i5 and i7 is the hyperthreading. Since the i5 lacks it, an i7 is better designed for handling applications that require more multithreading, like photo and video editing software or rendering and transcoding. As far as I know, most games don't use more than four threads just yet. So if you are on a budget, you do not necessarily need an i7 for gaming purposes, an i5 will work just fine.
As was mentioned already, GPU plays a bigger part in your computer's performance when gaming. That particular processor was released in 2015 and your GTX 960 should be enough for most games on a 1080p monitor with medium to ultra settings, depending on the game. You can look up GPU benchmarks online if you want more specifics.
Try turning down your AA preset in the graphics settings within the game if you haven't already. Sleeping Dogs isn't optimized very well for computers, unfortunately.
It should be able to run it. You didn't mention your graphics card that would make more of a problem than anything really. You should certainly overclock that cpu as high as it will run stable at, get a better cpu fan before you do it. The i7 is not going to help, it just makes doing multitasking and rendering stuff like video better.
Getting a better chip will help some stuff, but that graphics card is going to be the first big issue which I don't know what you are working with there. I still run an old GTX 780ti and I can play any new game that comes out on ultra with a i7 4770k oc'd to 4.4 and 16gigs of ram. Its almost a 3 year old build, and I haven't touched anything in it since I built it.
I5 cannot keep up with an i7 so that is the first problem! What is the main issue however is you haven't told us if you have a graphics card and if you do what type? That is the biggest factor in graphics and performance fidelity! No graphics card means no ability to run a game
Grow up and get real priorities. This is not a real problem. Instead of wondering what gaming system hardware works for you or not, perhaps you ought to save money for a mortgage or retirement or college or a new car or a health crisis or for your kids or wedding or for eventual unemployment by being replaced by H-1B visa outsourced workers or overseas workers in China who studied harder in school not wasting time worrying about gaming systems.
I'd have thought it would run anything. Mines a 3.4ghz i5 and it runs everything. Without a separate graphics card you'll have a few issues though. Don't believe the honk Intel say about not needing one. Also make sure you have 2 sets of RAM.
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