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Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz or Intel Xeon E5-2660 @ 2.20GHz

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What processor would be better for gaming? I'm looking to do a new build pretty soon and have been looking for a good processor that will last me a while.


Over on 


it says that the Xeon E5-2660 is benchmarked higher and is also cheaper.


However, on 


it seems to be the opposite.


I realize that the i7-4790k is the common buy right now, but I'm looking for the best processor at that price range. Thanks!

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the xeon has more threads, which is good for productivity.

But overlclocking is a lot of fun, but you need an aftermarket cooling solution.

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CPUBoss is garbage. That being said the i7 will have the edge.

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The i7 will be better for gaming because gaming tends to favor fewer, stronger cores. 

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If you already have the board for that socket, sure. If not Id rather save up and get something new. Just going off how the cpu performs for the games I play. Stuck using a single card and it can barely handle that. 

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