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.
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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.
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