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Is Intel Xeno 5148 2.33 GHz suitable for gaming?

For some reason this thing is very cheap right now:

http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=206827102&sellerid=15249119

I am building a new computer on a very tight budget that only needs to be able to play Diablo 3 for gaming on medium settings, and according to the system specs it seems like this CPU is suitable for it. I just wanted a double check.

D3 System Spec:
Minimum Specs
OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
Processor: Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 4400+
Memory: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista® Windows® 7 users, 2 GB for Mac® users)
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
Display: 1024x768 minimum display resolution

Recommended Specs
OS: Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Latest Service Packs)
Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
Display: 1024x768 minimum display resolution

If it matters, this is my tentative video card:
ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5 1 GB Video Card.
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    why are you buying a xeon? its a server cpu and not ment to be used for gaming.

    it is powerful enough for diablo 3 but you are better off spending your money on a desktop cpu.

    Also buy a better gpu for gaming.

    You'd be hard pressed to find a motherboard for that cpu.
  2. the only reason is because of very tight budget constraints. are there any downsides to using a server cpu for d3?

    i will probably replace w/ better intel CPU 2-3 years down the line.


    esrever said:

    You'd be hard pressed to find a motherboard for that cpu.


    Can you elaborate on this point? I looked on wikipedia and it says the only socket that works is LGA 771, which apparently only supports Xeon chips. Is this right, and if so, does it mean if I ever wanted to upgrade to like i5 in the future, I'd have to buy a new mobo as well?
  3. because you won't have a motherboard to put it in.
  4. oh damn nvm these mobo that support xeon chips are way too expensive! they are like $300+
  5. I suggest an AMD apu for cheap budget gaming. you don't need a gpu if you go with it so it would save money.
  6. Best answer selected by opqpop.
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