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?
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.
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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.