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Xeon E3 1230 V2 a worthy upgrade over an i3-3225?

#1NorthernlyPosted 12/8/2013 11:58:43 AM
Another user with an i3 mentioned this CPU a couple days ago, and it looks like it's more or less an i7-3770 with no integrated graphics card, which isn't necesary, anyways. I've been feeling a bit of a want to upgrade my computer, and the stronger CPU would be really useful in Guild Wars 2, especially where there are a lot of people around. Also, it'll probably be a more futureproof CPU, just because of the extra cores and because dual cores are starting to fall behind.
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#2chrono625Posted 12/8/2013 12:11:34 PM
Reviews seem to agree with you. I would just make sure there would be no compatibility issues since i'm not too keen on these Xeon processors.
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#3Kokuei05Posted 12/8/2013 12:15:51 PM
I haven't googled but usually if the CPU is the same socket as consumer CPU's; it is compatible and the only difference from it to a consumer product is extra VT functions for single CPU servers.

Getting a Xeon is an easy way to get business level pricing without getting sucked into consumer level marketing.
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#4BowsaaPosted 12/8/2013 12:34:23 PM(edited)
It's compatible with the motherboard, according to MSI's site.

I think I may have been the person you're mentioning, and I've been wondering if it's worth it myself.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 12/8/2013 1:04:35 PM
What brand is your mobo? Because two manufacturers that I can't think of block their consumer grade boards from accepting Xeon processors in order to push their server lines. Just check to see if your board is compatible before ordering, if you can't find your specific board just google around for a few more by that brand. As long as you don't get lots of "It didn't work!"s it should be fine.
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#6Northernly(Topic Creator)Posted 12/8/2013 3:40:41 PM
According to the supported cpu page on msi's website, the CPU is supported. So would it be worth the money?
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