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Old 10-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of buying a new pc and am slightly confused about processors

Was looking at an Intel Xeon quad core.

the thing I don't get is looking at these 2 processors

Intel Xeon Quad Core E3-1280 3.5Ghz LGA1155 8MB 32nm
Intel Xeon Quad Core E3-1220 3.1Ghz LGA1155 8MB 32nm

The numbers suggest that the first one is about 12% quicker than the second (3.5 ghz over 3.1 ghz). If this is the case then I'd expect it to cost about 12% more yet it actually costs about 3 times as much so is there more to it than that?
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Are you running a server? Xeons are for servers. Not desktops.

Tell us what motherboard you are getting.
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Those are processors for servers.

If you are buying a PC you probably want to look at different processors.
Depending on what you use your computer for most and your budget we can give you some suggestions.
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You have been ninja'd :P

But yeah, send us the rest of your list of parts.
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No idea what I'm getting yet. Was just having a look around, doing a bit of research and was curious to understand why a processor that's only slightly more powerful costs so much more. Just took the intel Xeon as an example. Thanks for the advice though, guess that's not the one I want.

I'm after a new machine that will be good for video editing including HD video.

budget is about 800 or around $1300 in american money and for that all I need is the actual PC as I've already got 2 decent screens. I've also already got a spare 2TB hdd to install as a secondary so won't need a massive hard drive.

I've got as far as figuring out that I'll need a machine with a fairly powerful processor and graphics card and would also like a motherboard that supports USB3.0 but haven't a clue what to look for. Any suggestion to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
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