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xeon or i7, with home based mobo, good server?

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March 6, 2014 8:22:30 PM

I would like to set up a server that support 70-80 school client in diskless environment. I went through the benchmarking and considering xeon 1230v3 or an i7, with gigabyte z87x-ud3h mobo since I need 8 SATA port. My question is

1) i7 seem to have better price/performance ratio than the xeon. Is it a must to use xeon as server or i7 is good as well?
2) Any significant advantage using xeon vs i7 as server?
3) is it necessary to use ECC Ram in server environment? What will be the downside if non ECC memory is used (gigabyte board doesnt support ecc ram)

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a c 490 à CPUs
March 6, 2014 8:35:51 PM

Which i7? I would only use an i7 if I wanted to overclock. If I didn't want to overclock, the Xeon offers a FAR better bang for buck value.

The Xeon e3 1230v3 and 4770 are the same chip, and would perform almost identically in a server application if all other parts were the same.

It is not necessary to use ECC memory and ECC memory is not required to use a Xeon.
a c 804 à CPUs
March 7, 2014 8:34:09 AM

I would go with the Xeon as well. Keep in mind that you will need a discrete GPU with one. Even a lowly GT 210 or 5450 would work though.