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RDP Server - Xeon E3-1230v2 VS i7-3770

January 9, 2013 3:07:26 AM

Hey everyone, here's a curve ball question. I run a computer repair store with multiple locations and I'm building a server to run terminal services on server 2012. It will be powering Quickbooks for 6 remote users for the next year, and more in the future. I'm pretty sure this use is not nearly as crazy as having tons of VMs running. But anyway, here are the outlining specs:

ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Mobo
OCZ 550W Modular 80-Plus PSU
32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-2133 RAM (on sale, lol)
2x 128GB Vertex4 SSD (RAID1 mirroring)
CoolerMaster HAF932 Case (had laying around)

What I've unfortunately just found out is that my original, hands-down choice for a CPU (Xeon E3-1230v2) has no IGP at all. (I was like whaaaaat?) Most people love this because it saves $80 on the chip and they can put that towards a discreet GPU. My problem is, I don't need amazing graphics, it won't be used for video gaming, and I don't want to run it headless. The Intel HD2500/4000 would have been great if it were just onboard!

So, what I'm getting at is this: apparently the E3-1230v2 is almost identical to the i7-3770, just that the i7 has the built-in HD4000 IGP and it costs $80 more. So here's the question...

Do I buy the Xeon without IGP and spend ~$80 on a discreet GPU, or just make it simple and pay an extra $80 for the i7 with HD4000. I've spent hours and hours researching and I'm pretty sure I have a unique situation. I'm currently leaning towards to i7, just because it's one less periferal to possibly fail. Unless $80 or less will get me a way better GPU, AND it will somehow benefit my performance by not pulling resources for the IGP to render graphics. That's what I'm not sure of.

So with that said, I'm sure everyone in the world is having this problem. lol. Thoughts?