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Which Processor is Better for me?

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February 27, 2012 6:30:32 PM

I will be Building a PC, 70% for Server hosting, and 30% for Gaming (battlefield 3, Skyrim) and need to decide, Get the I7-3960X, or TWO Xeon X5690s
The I7 will have 64GB ram, the Xeons will have 96GB of ram. both will have the GTX 580, and will have an Intel 320 600GB SSD. Or should I wait fgor Nvidia/Intel to release there new Ivy bridge processors? Keep In mind, While it will be used for Gaming, it will be mostly used for Webserver Hosting


Approximate Purchase Date: The best date recommended

Budget Range: $10,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Intensive servers, Gaming, 3D modeling

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Using a custom PC builder website (Pugetsystems.com)

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia/Radeon graphics card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Depends on Graphics card

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: First time builder.

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February 27, 2012 6:57:00 PM

So, you want to build this behemoth as a desktop rig, that doubles as a server? For the budget you have in mind, why not build 2 rigs?
February 27, 2012 6:58:31 PM

This seems like a no brainer 6 core 12 threads or 12 core 24 threads... If it is a server first the the Xeons. You might want to look into if those games will install on a server OS I have run into this issue before. Unless you will dual boot but then your server will be down.. :/ 

Thent
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February 27, 2012 7:13:42 PM

thently said:
This seems like a no brainer 6 core 12 threads or 12 core 24 threads... If it is a server first the the Xeons. You might want to look into if those games will install on a server OS I have run into this issue before. Unless you will dual boot but then your server will be down.. :/ 

Thent


As I dont have enough to purchase a server OS, ill prob be using Windows 7 Pro or enterprise, I just care about if the Xeons can be useful for gaming...
February 27, 2012 7:33:48 PM

Seems like a questionable decision to be gaming on a server. Is having crippled response times during your gaming sessions acceptable? Because it's certainly going to happen.

Also, servers don't typically use big, powerful video cards because of the power consumption. It's going to dramatically increase your electricity costs putting a top of the line gaming card into a server.

Do yourself a favor, don't use a server for gaming.
February 29, 2012 1:47:33 PM

Many gaming servers actually run Linux (as in free). For a $10k budget, you can build both a very capable desktop and a very capable server.

Xeons are great for gaming, the new Sandy Bridge i7s are better.
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