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Intel Xeon 2.3 Quad core in a gaming machine - Good idea or bad idea??

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February 19, 2008 4:35:07 PM

Hi, I have managed to lay my hands on an Intel quad-core Xeon (E5410) 2.3 GHZ CPU and am considering using it to build a new machine with. I would like to build a machine with good performance for gaming.

Is this a good idea or a bad idea?

The Xeon series of CPU's are intended for Servers and not general desktop machines so i was wondering if anyone has tried this with good results? Will mainstream games and apps run without error on this CPU?

Also, can anyone recommend a Mobo for this CPU for gaming?

Cheers guys
February 19, 2008 4:50:29 PM

RAM is slower for Xeons. Go with a Core 2 quad proc. In my humble opinion.
February 19, 2008 5:08:00 PM

I suspect the processor is stolen.
Hence I refuse to discuss the matter any further.
I ask others do the same.
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February 19, 2008 5:12:43 PM

just a quick look, Motherboards for this thing are $$$$$$$

Heres a list for them,

Also The ram is FB-DIMM which in turn is $$$$$$$$

667 / 533MHz FB-DIMM (Fully Buffered DIMM) ECC DDR2 SDRAM 72-bit, 240-pin gold-plated DIMMs

best bet is to try and sell it as the TC says get a Q6600..
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February 19, 2008 5:12:57 PM

Most Xeons are not fully supported by the desktop chipsets so you would have to buy a server board which will not OC well and has to use the more expensive and slower FB-DIMMs.

I suggest a Q6600 since it will be cheaper and better for gaming. So a P5K-E WiFi/AP(P35) which is great for basic OC'ing and very stable is $140, Q6600 is $270 and the ram PC-6400(DDR2-800) is about $100 for 2GB of nice OC'ing RAM. Total is $510. Compare that but the performance difference will make the Xeons price seem much higher than that of the Core2Quad.

Just get a Q6600, 8800GT or HD3870 and some nice ram/mobo and game on.
February 19, 2008 7:03:51 PM

zenmaster said:
I suspect the processor is stolen.
Hence I refuse to discuss the matter any further.
I ask others do the same.

i see you are a guilty until proven innocent type then?
October 6, 2008 1:27:05 AM


I joined this forum, for the purpose of telling you how much of a butt hole you are. The person asked you a legitimate question, and you have the audacity to attack someone's character that you don't even know. I would "ask", that you take that sad attitude of yours and do some changing for the better. For the person that asked the initial question, I wish I could ask forgiveness on behalf of this individual, however, I can't find it within me to pony up for such ignorance.
October 6, 2008 1:50:53 AM

As others have mentioned, the RAM needed along with the motherboard would not make your Xeon an ideal gaming build CPU.

Hahaha...thanks, BadTrip. I didn't even notice the date. LOL.

Who keeps digging up these old threads?
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October 6, 2008 1:57:52 AM

Necrothread -10
October 7, 2008 7:56:48 PM

I would go with it because it has SSE4 technology and a Level 3 cache. As far as I know none of the other intel cpus has the level 3 cache
October 15, 2008 10:04:32 AM

These are two different processors. Xeon is best for server type machine while core 2 quad is for desktop computing. I tried xeon for gaming and I could say it's not bad at all. But if you compare it with C2Q, things will be different. C2Q is better for gaming. Another downside of building a xeon machine is it's expensive compared to C2Q machine. I hope this will clarify things for you.

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March 31, 2010 5:09:27 AM

Aren't the current xeons a bit better?
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March 31, 2010 5:21:05 AM

This thread is from 2008 why are you diggint it up?
April 8, 2013 12:56:31 PM

zenmaster said:
I suspect the processor is stolen.
Hence I refuse to discuss the matter any further.
I ask others do the same.

I suspect you're a moron.
Hence I don't value anything you say.
I ask others to do the same.