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Xeon E3-1230 or i5 2500k for gaming PC

The specs on the Xeon E3-1230 is much better than 2500k and it's only $10 more on Newegg...Give me some thoughts.

Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core Server - $230

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core - $240
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  1. How are you figuring that the specs on the E3-1230 are better than the 2500K? Its locked, clocked slower, and has no turbo boost so i'm not sure how the specs make it seem much better.


    Also, some boards do not support Xeons so double check the CPU compatibility of the board you are thinking about, it might make the question pointless.
  2. Hi :)

    Look up the price of a XEON motherboard.....they are DRASTICALLY expensive...

    All the best Brett :)
  3. Can you overclock the new Xeon CPUs

    because this topic he said he can overclock the Xeon 5350

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252333-29-overclocking-intel-xeon-x5550
  4. Best answer
    The Xeons in that thread were older Core 2 based Xeons where you could adjust the FSB speed and it would increase the CPU speed without adversely affecting anything else in the system, the sandy bridge CPUs like the Xeon 1230 and the 2500k have a single base clock that sets the speed for multiple things in the system and adjusting its speed will increase the CPU speed but also mess with the speed of every bus in the system making it unstable, hence the need for unlocked CPUs like the 2500k instead of the 2500.

    At the very end nicklasm posts a link regarding OCing Nehalem based Xeons, again like the Core 2 chips you can adjust the CPU clock speed without messing up the speed of the other buses like the SATA and PCI buses
  5. Thanks , i am learning.
  6. Don't get the xeon.
  7. Best answer selected by khoaaa.
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