That is incorrect, the i7 is an 4 core 8 thread hip while the i5 is an 4 core 4 thread. For gaming the i5 is all that's needed. This coming from the guy who stated earlier that your desires are the op's does not help your argument. You would not be arguing with me if I had suggested an Nvidia card, its just because it was an AMD card. I suggested something to balance his budget with more gaming power while keeping in his budget. Your saying I can't come to a grip on this but the obvious problem is you who started an argument over a light suggestion that he could get a higher GPU for his money if done this way. The only thing given out of spite was you saying AMD can't be in this thread. Now I'm finished with that little debate. You will see reduced temps with a Hyper212 that's for sure but it maybe a bit overkill. With an aftermarket cooler its not really going to matter which brand you buy in terms of cooling. Almost all aftermarket coolers work very well in this day and age on keeping temps down and heat production to a minimum. Though the higher the GPU, the more power that is outputted in the end so you could go based on that. I suggested the 290 because its the next step up in GPU's and if you were looking at the i7 I was suggesting take that money and put it into a better GPU. You could even then just splurge on the 780 if you really want NVidia but its going to cost a lot more. Apologies, I did not think an argument would ensue from me making a suggestion on a video card.