I currently have an H77 motherboard with a Celeron G1610 in a Bitfenix Prodigy M uATX case and I want to upgrade the CPU in it since I will now be using it for some higher-end gaming. It will be used mainly for gaming, HTPC and other home/office computing needs. I am also going to use an R9 290 GPU in it, 8 GB of 1600 Ram and a Samsung 840. Initially, I had my eye on the i5 3570 or 3470 since it is a well known fact that these CPUs are perfect for gaming. But, I noticed that the Xeon e3-1230 v2, which is compatible with my motherboard, is selling for about the same price as the 3570k at around $225 (
). Since it has almost the same specs as the much more pricey 3770 ($290),
I was wondering if it would be a better buy for this build than one of the locked i5's?
I am aware that the Xeons are geared more towards the workstation/server market and not the home/gaming market.
But, would I be getting better performance with the Xeon vs the 3570? Would I be losing any features that might be used in gaming with the Xeon?