Hi all, I currently have a Dell 1557 with i7-720QM which has been great over the last few years, but recently I have started dabbling with 3D modelling, nothing too heavy just for fun and also bought crysis 1, both activities make my laptop struggle and so I have started thinking about building a desktop computer, I have looked at the cost/power of various processors and have worked out that the E3-1230/E3-1240/E3-1245/I7-2600/I7-2700/I7-3770 all come out about the same when you work out the power per £1 in cost, If i was to go for an I7 i would go with the 3770 but with regard to the xeons my questions are:
A) Would I be able to get a duel socket motherboard but just run one Xeon processor until I feel the need to add a second?
B) Considering I will be adding a graphics card with CUDA cores to help the 3D & games stuff out is there any reason to go for the I7 over the Xeon or vice versa?
Well,the xeons are for servers and support massive ram. You'd obviously be wasting it not building a server. Sure you can run one,and leave a slot,but unless you'll turn professional with your just for fun,it'll be a monumental waste.