I would definitely get the Xeon over the I5-4440. You would basically get I7 performance for $30 more. I've even just switched from an I5-3570k to a Xeon, dropped straight into my Z77 mobo, no issues, memory still o/c to 2400. My I5 overclocked very well and ran at 4.4GHz 24/7, but the Xeon at 3.4GHz beats it at almost everything whilst running 15C cooler and only consuming around 45W. Games are now using 8 cores/threads, BF4, Thief, Watchdogs will and many more upcoming games. I found a big difference in BF4, the demand on the CPU dropped by nearly 50%.