Gaming Performance: Dual Xeon vs. Single Core i7

I am a medium-level techie specializing in computer repair. I have three questions, all assuming the following: price is of no concern whatsoever, the processors are put in an ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS mother board, with 64GB of 1600 RAM with Quad-channel, and two-way SLI EVGA GeForce GTX 770 DUAL 4GB Video Card setup.

1)Based on PURE PERFORMANCE for GAMING, which would be better: Dual Xeon E5-2687W v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 3.4 Ghz 8-core OR Single Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E 3.6 Ghz 6-Core, with and without overclocking/TurboBoost? Why?

2)Would either of these have any problems for gaming or video editing, and why?

3)Would there happen to be a better PERFORMANCE motherboard than mine listed?

Once again, I want PURE PERFORMANCE ANSWERS, along with detailed explanation please.
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  1. i would use the i7 since the xenon is more of a workstation cpu with different features. i would reccomend a z77 motherborad instead it may work better.
  2. I don't think you would see much past the (I believe it was E5) the Xenon that costs around the price of an i5. Ignoring the fact that it's about $2000 for each cpu, I don't know of any game that utilizes more than 8 cores (and not a lot even do that). As a server cpu im fairly certain xeon doesnt really do overclocking past the Turbo Boost. For gaming the 4960X would probably be better, as it is 1) cheaper and 2) Overclockable (i think)
    Unless you want the ECC RAM you would probably be better with the X (although the 6 core K series version would get you nearly as much for half the price)
    You might want to look into single cpu lga 2011 boards if you decide on the i7, Asus makes some decent boards such as the sabertooth and the ROG series boards
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    as they both perform similarly;

    I presume 2 Xeons will be better than 1 i7. However, only if the apps take advantage of all those cores.
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