Help With Intel Xeon E3-1230

I am looking to build a new gaming pc and check deals on websites a lot just to get a good deal on components. I was going for an i7 2600k build but then saw the Intel Xeon E3-1230 priced at $240 and has very similar benchmarks as an i7. I just wanted to know if anyone out there has tried to use this processor with a consumer mobo.

I was mainly thinking of buying


choose this mobo because of the PCIE 3.0
with the xeon E3 1230

Now i already know that this processor is locked and will not overclock which is perfect for me because i was never going to do it in the first place. Please if anyone has any experience using the processor in a non-server mobo please let me know how it worked out for u. will i have any problems installing windows on it?

The main reason i got interested in the processor is because of the price and also because of one review on newegg. which states "Server CPUs aren't just for servers"

So anyone with experience on this help me ty
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More about help intel xeon 1230
  1. i5-2500k
  2. I already know that i7 2600k is the best choice. But the Xeon E3 1230 is at a lower price. And plus it is ment to be used 24/7 365 days which means that it must be a lot better. And plus keep in mind that i will use this rig for about 5-7 years.
  3. i5-2500k, in a few months jump over to the i7-3770k which has a lower tdp and offers more life span.
  4. u dont understand this is a rig thats going to be used for 5-7 years. So no updates at all maybe sli/crossfire with the video cards but nothing thats going to cost a fortune. Please i only want to know if the processor can run on the mobo that i have selected. Nothing more i know ur trying to help but i just need to know if the processor runs in the mobo listed up there if u could find any info just let me know. I wanted to ask someone who has personally delth with the processor running on a consumer lvl mobo. And yeha if u can tell me why this processor cant be used in gaming i would appriciate it ty
  5. Best answer
    its an 1155 socket cpu so should work on any 1155 socket motherboard...
    although its not on the supported cpu list... best thing to do is contact asus and ask directly.
  6. Hey i think i have found something useful

    Its a review on the Intel Xeon E3 1230 which is used in a P67 Mobo. It is also compared to i7 2600k try to check it out and let me know what you think
  7. The Intel® Xeon® E3-1200s are designed to work with the C202, C204 and the C206 (which supports the IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor)) without these chipsets you most likely will run into some problems trying to run these processors on a normal "6" series boards.

    For me without question if I was looking for a long term processor for gaming I would go with the Intel Core® i5-2500K. As an unlocked processor I have the ability to overclocking and get much better performance for years to come then I ever would from any of the Intel Xeon E3's.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  8. Best answer selected by Hotkiker.
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