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xeon vs core i7 extreme (clock speeds)

g'day mates,
ive been reading alot of stuff on this website for awhile as im looking to get custom built PC for audio/music production (im an audio engineer/film composer). im looking to get the best of the best in all of the components, i can worry about price later as ive been saving up for this for awhile now.

to that end, i thought i might create an account here and ask some questions that have been bugging me and that i cant seem to find answers for through my research (i try to read up as much as i can so i dont sound like a complete idiot when i go to build this).

anyways, on to the question at hand:
for the processor for my computer, ive been looking at the intel i7-4960x http://ark.intel.com/products/77779 ). its the best one ive been able to find as far as the specs go, but i also read places that the Xeon processors are suposedly better, and something about having 2 processors work together or some stuff like that i dont quite understand. however, after investigating the Xeon processors on intels website, i noticed that although they have a much higher cache (im assuming because theyre sever processors), theyre clock speed is significantly lower than the 4960x. could someone shed some light on this and perhaps explain to me which might be better for my system build?

this computer is going to be running high-demand tasks such as Pro Tools, Pyramix, mixing console, audio interfaces, and mic setups, as well as a lot of virtual instrument sample libraries (East West Quantum Leap if any of you are familiar with those).

needless to say, i just am loking for the most powerful processor that i can get my hands on, and any help/info is greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

PS-i do want to be able to overclock this
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  1. actually a xeon cpu is an i7 with some extra features such as ecc memory and multiple cpu support found on servers as far as im concerned! performance wiselly are the same, running windows oriented software on windows 7-8. xeons are for stabity i dont think are meant for overclocking!
  2. Best answer
    If you want the best of the best, just get something like this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($1049.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($497.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($538.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($249.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Corsair 900D ATX Full Tower Case ($299.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $4685.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 17:56 EST-0500)

    If it's not enough, you can always add a 3rd GPU...
  3. wuubb said:
    g'day mates,
    ive been reading alot of stuff on this website for awhile as im looking to get custom built PC for audio/music production (im an audio engineer/film composer). im looking to get the best of the best in all of the components, i can worry about price later as ive been saving up for this for awhile now.

    to that end, i thought i might create an account here and ask some questions that have been bugging me and that i cant seem to find answers for through my research (i try to read up as much as i can so i dont sound like a complete idiot when i go to build this).

    anyways, on to the question at hand:
    for the processor for my computer, ive been looking at the intel i7-4960x http://ark.intel.com/products/77779 ). its the best one ive been able to find as far as the specs go, but i also read places that the Xeon processors are suposedly better, and something about having 2 processors work together or some stuff like that i dont quite understand. however, after investigating the Xeon processors on intels website, i noticed that although they have a much higher cache (im assuming because theyre sever processors), theyre clock speed is significantly lower than the 4960x. could someone shed some light on this and perhaps explain to me which might be better for my system build?

    this computer is going to be running high-demand tasks such as Pro Tools, Pyramix, mixing console, audio interfaces, and mic setups, as well as a lot of virtual instrument sample libraries (East West Quantum Leap if any of you are familiar with those).

    needless to say, i just am loking for the most powerful processor that i can get my hands on, and any help/info is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers!

    PS-i do want to be able to overclock this


    Hey wuubb!

    Before I start- the 4690X simply isnt worth it all, the price to performance ratio is terrible.

    You should get the 4930k, its half the price, and basically 5-10%(at the most) slower than the 4960X. Since you're only doing audio production, the i7 4930k is MORE than enough. (infact, I'd say overkill)

    I'd also recommend you pick up a high quality soundcard since you're working with audio, something like the ASUS Xonar Essence STX would be a great choice, and is one of the top of the line soundcards.

    If you'd like to overclock, you could go with a highend air cooler, something like a Noctua NH-D14, or if you'd like to go liquid cooling, something like a Corsair H100i, Swiftech H220, any really dual rad AIO would be great for that.

    I'd recommend you pick up 32gb of Ram, in a kit of 4 modules x 8gb, so you can upgrade to 64gb if the future if you'd like, if you need some suggestions on that let us know.

    Let us know if you want any more help.
  4. whoa, lots of good advice here, thank you everyone!
    i'll take a look at the 4930k and see what that has to offer.

    to all of you who offered tips on other components, thank you. i'm taking this one step at a time so im just looking at the CPU for this one! I have a list of components i'm putting together so you may see me posting in other areas as i piece this together.

    if anyone has any other suggestions on CPUs thatll work well, by all means, please do tell, what i'm really looking for in the CPU is:

    fast-a lot of audio production is real-time streaming if VI's and handling large track counts and that kind of stuff (hence the overclocking)

    support for lots of RAM-and preferrably high-performance RAM at that. mostly for the virtual instruments. some of the samples in these libraries take up to 1GB EACH to load, (and thats just one instrument, i score for whole orchestras) so im looking into probably 64GB of RAM. as with this whole project, id rather overkill it and have it last me the next 10 years than fall short and just be frusterated every time i go and use it

    support lots of SSD drives-for the sample libraries. 1 drive for the OS, 1 for the project files, 1 for the associated audio files with said projects, and 1 for each smaple library. in total im looking at about 10 SSDs. mostly 128 or 256 GB. this is so that its not trying to pull EVERYTHING form 1 drive. does this even have anything to do with the CPU? sorry, im trying to stay on track here and not branch off into the other areas of PC building..

    once again, thank you all, and if you all wouldnt mind holding off on the other components for now, im just trying to focus on the CPU, eh?

    Cheers!
  5. Yes, the i7 4930k is probably your best option.
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