The I5 is a good option, actually, although you might hear that an I7 is a must. I think that for current games, this I5 is very good. You might see a slight performance hit due to lower clocks, but that’s not that bad
You’d probably want to add 4-8GB of RAM. 8GB RAM could be too tight in some cases and it’s not healthy for the storage of the system (when RAM is all used, the storage is being used instead)
You can check this review. Same as before – build quality is lacking, noisy under high load
Yeah I thought so too, considering price/performance
Hopefully, as far as I know the loss of hyper threading should not have a severe impact on gaming. Which seems to be the main difference between i7 7700hq and i5 7300hq configurations (and the clocks of course).
Yes, I’ll add in to 16 gb total
Thanks, I’ve been looking through this a couple of times, but my concern was just the difference between the CPU’s (and the model he’s reviewing doesn’t sport an SSD). And regarding the sound, that’s fine since when gaming I’ll be using a cooling pad and headset.