After releasing my first full game on steam from a different engine I decided to take the plunge into UE4. I’ve been working in the engine for about 3 months, and my CPU is basically drowning to death building lighting and compiling shaders. I am spending a TON of my dev time sitting around staring at Unreal Engine, because if I click on too many things it crashes.
I tried upgrading my RAM from 16 to 32 GB in hopes that it might help out, but it didn’t.
I am currently running a 7th gen intel i5 6600k CPU @3.5ghz. It has 4 cores and 4 threads: https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/core_i5/i5-6600k
I’ve priced out CPU upgrades, and in order to get into a big juicey i9 I will need to replace my motherboard as well and can’t afford that at this time. With my current mother board, the best CPU I can get is the intel i7 6600k CPU @4.5ghz with 4 cores and 8 threads: https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/core_i7/i7-7700k
Would doubling my thread count effectively halve my build and compiling times?
Is it worth a few hundred dollars to upgrade from an i5 to an i7? Will it be like twice as fast? or should I wait to get a new mobo and a new i9?
Thank you in advance for your advice.