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[B250M MS-7A65] I3-7100 vs i5 6500

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Sep 4, 2020
I want to know if I would see a noticable difference in performance if I upgraded by CPU to an i5 quad core 6500. I'm not a gamer. I need 4 cores to improve streaming. Looks like it will cost me about $70-$100 on Ebay.

Current cpu info below.

Number of cores 2 (max 2)
Number of threads 4 (max 4)
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel Core i3 7100
Codename Kaby Lake
Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7100 CPU @ 3.90GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 1151 LGA (0x1)
Extended CPUID 6.9E
Core Stepping B0
Technology 14 nm
TDP Limit 51.0 Watts
Tjmax 100.0 °C
Core Speed 3900.0 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 39.0 x 100.0 MHz
Base frequency (cores) 100.0 MHz
Base frequency (ext.) 100.0 MHz
Stock frequency 3900 MHz
Max frequency 3900 MHz

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I meant to add these details. I have 16 gigs of DDR4

Memory type DDR4
Module format UDIMM
Module Manufacturer(ID) Crucial Technology (7F7F7F7F7F9B0000000000)
SDRAM Manufacturer (ID) Micron Technology (2C00000000000000000000)
Size 8192 MBytes
Max bandwidth DDR4-2400 (1200 MHz)

And video:
Name Radeon RX 560 Series
Board Manufacturer XFX Pine Group Inc.
Memory size 2 GB
Welcome to the forms :)

Looks like the i5 is a generation older, and has a lower clockspeed, so single-threaded applications might be a bit slower. The extra two cores ought to make a difference to multi-threaded applications, but you'd be moving backwards effectively.

A better bet might be an i5 from the same generation e.g. i5-7400 / i5-7600 / i5-7700, which will involve less of a hit to single-threaded performance but still give a couple of extra cores for multi-threaded work?
Yeah, I recognized that it was from an older generation. My problem is budget. The i5s you mention are well above $100 as far as I can find (eBay, Amazon, Offerup, Craigslist). Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for the welcome, btw!