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..
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.