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Better CPU for my Low Budget Workbench

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January 9, 2013 8:16:55 PM

this is my new low budget workbench i'm building for video editing and rendering to replace my x4 965 and gtx 460. i do some light gaming in skyrim and some battlefield 3 but mostly my skyrim addiction

my 2 choices are the

Xeon E3-1220 v2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the i7 3770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is the xeon better or equal to the i7 because saving this money to put towards a larger gfx card like a gtx 660 or 7870 would be huge for me. i will be using it on a asrock z77 with 16gb of 1600mhz ram.
January 9, 2013 8:24:41 PM

Since you're doing quite a bit of rendering, I feel like you would be better off with the i7 3770.
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January 9, 2013 8:51:47 PM

why would you suggest that?
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January 9, 2013 8:55:13 PM

I'd also suggest the i7-3770. But get the " K " editon so the 3770K which means you can overclock your cpu. Also the reason you should get that over the Xeon , is that i7's a normally better rounded and it has a higher clock speed.
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January 9, 2013 8:57:42 PM

Higher base clock speed, hyperthreading, 8 threads, and also support for DDR3-1600 as the Xeon only supports up to 1333. If you can, get the i7-3770K.
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January 10, 2013 12:20:33 PM

i7 3770k is more ideal, also more overclock friendly incase you want the most out of your machine =). 2600k is still good too, performs on par with 3770k. Overclocks higher as well.
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