I have been reading many posts recently, but I am still not really getting a similar answer.
Many people talks about whether to spend their money on Xeon E3 1230v2 or i5 3570K, however, most of them do not concern about overclocking, so the answer is obviously the Xeon e3.
In my case, I have a Asus Maximus V Gene Z77 mainboard, a decent graphic card. I would probably overclock it to 4.5GHz.
Is it possible to OC the Xeon e3 to 4.5GHz? or only 3570K can do it (with similar price)? Please help!
Asus Maximus V Gene Z77
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M1A 1600 C9 (8GB * 2)
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB (SATA3 7200rpm 64MB)
Plextor PX-128M5P M5 Pro 2.5" SATA3 6Gb/s 7MM 128GB
Asus DRW-24B5ST/BLK 24X DVD Writer /SATA
Sapphire HD 7870 XT with Boost 2GB 256bit DDR5 (Tahiti LE)
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced with USB 3.0
Why the need to overclock?an i3 wont bottleneck most graphics cards.i think go with the xeon for futureproofing.no it cannot overclock.but it is more powerful than i5 3570k by a lot out of the box.
If you want speed,get an ssd.like the samsung 840.your H80i wont go to waste as the computer will be very stable and fast at the same time.unlike that spikey fin aluminium cheapo thing with 4 push thinggys with the box you know what that is.i have a xeon e3-1245v2 (underclocked to 2.3ghz to save power)and it is great.to get more performance i recommend you getting an e3-1240v2(not the 1245v2 which has hd4000 which i use as virtualbox cannot take advantage of graphics cards).as it has a higher clock speed.dont bother getting 1265L,1270 ,1275,1280,1285 nor 1290.they are more ex than the 3770 and has high tdp (95W!) for the 1290.the 1265L can be achieved also by getting a xeon e3-1235v2 and underclocking it.so yeah.
Verdict:get the xeon e3-1240v2.it is much better than the 3570k,and it does not have hd4000 attached which is good unless you want virtumvp.
And overclocking will cause the processor to spoil faster.it is just bad.only useful if you want to use it for 10 years.and have the money to buy advanced cooling kits but not a new computer(which is just rediculous).