Ivy Bridge Xeon or Ivy Bridge I5?

Hello, as you can probably see I'm new to the forum, so hai :hello:

I've been looking at upgrading my Motherboard, CPU and RAM.

What I've chosen for RAM:

What I've chosen for a Mobo:

I am a Cinemahancetographer. Meaning, I enhance video's and work with all sorts of media with Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, lots of top programs. The thing is, though, that I play games a lot aswell. Crysis, Deus Ex, Civ 5, Minecraft, and lots of others. I'm looking for a CPU that can game well but also handle a lot of media processing. I want to go Xeon Ivy Bridge because they support hyperthreading at 1240 and higher (may be one model lower that supports) but all of the Ivy Bridge I5's do not support it and I cannot afford to go I7.

Anybody have any experience or information on Xeon's vs the "I" series and what would perform better and some links to CPU's?

Thank you, if you need any info on my system: My Current System
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  1. Best answer
    I think this will suit your needs:

    Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Server Processor - $234

    See full specifications at
  2. Ah, that does seem to be egsactly what I am looking for in an Xeon! Thank you very much! But how does it perform against any of the I5's for the same price?
  3. It's comparable to the i7 series! It's much better compared to i5 when you factor in the HT i.e.
    # of Cores 4
    # of Threads 8
  4. Ah, so it should work correctly with my RAM and Mobo, yes? I plan on overclocking my ram (Hence why the voltage is so low) and maybe the Xeon a bit, although they don't allow for much I've read.
  5. I would personally use:
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $130

    It's an excellent board. The CPU is recognized correctly on the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 board. It will run flawlessly.
    I don't have experience with the MSI board though.
  6. Good News. The MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard that you have selected, supports Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge!
  7. Oooh, thank you! :) . You've given me more information than I'd hope for! <3

    Thanks, that answers my questions :)
  8. Best answer selected by Arkamond.
  9. Glad to be of service. :)
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