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XEON E5430 QC 2.66G 12MB KIT $138 bucks??

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February 10, 2013 4:14:27 PM

Hello,
Can anyone tell me the deal with this cpu? http://www.hookbag.ca/product/H3C00U5YX/bx80574e5430p-i...
Its listed at $138 on hookbag.ca and over $1000 on other sites.. I've also found it at any price in between. This cpu looks like a winner wit 12mb of cache.. It would be an upgrade for my wifes gaming rig since her amd system is giving her problems we decided no more amd. Can anyone tell me if this cpu would be good for gaming? I remember back in the day xeon were server cpus..
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February 10, 2013 4:27:12 PM

That's a server processor, bad for gaming and you need a mobo that supports it. Beside that: if you have problems with you old rig, it's sure not related to amd.
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February 10, 2013 4:35:29 PM

no its the asus board the amd is in. Constant beep codes and errors. The amd boards are junk which is why we decided to go intel.
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February 10, 2013 5:17:39 PM

Xeons are still server and high end workstation processors. The E5430 is core 2 quad Q6600 era, about 5 years old. The smallest motherboards that support it are ATX, most are proprietary, the memory needs to be ECC Registered, most often FB-Dimms, or the system won't even start and costs a bomb.

I would suggest you go for a modern Sandy/Ivy Bridge i3/i5.
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February 10, 2013 5:44:28 PM

theres no point to buy that. the cost just of the mobo would exceed what the chip cost.

not made for mainstream users.

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February 10, 2013 5:50:19 PM

^ pretty much all that has been said

The 1155 Xeon E3's are a different story though :) 
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February 10, 2013 5:50:50 PM

yep. there a best bang for bucks for editing and design if u dont need overclock

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