(FOR GAMING) Xeon E3-1240V3 Haswell Vs. i7-4770K

Hi, I'm new to buliding a gaming PC. My question is, why not go with the Xeon instead of the i7-4770K? I save $70 going to the Xeon and it is so minute the performance difference just barely being lower than the i7 (Which you can see here http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html the Xeon is 2 below the i7-4770K.). I know it doesnt have integrated graphics. So basically why don't more people do this/ why should I do or not do this?

The future build that I would be with the Xeon:

($279.99) Xeon E3-1240V3 Haswell http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116905

($174.99) Asus GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131977

(Comes free with the motherbaord) Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148662

($134.99) Samsung 840 Pro 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192

($119.99) Rosewill CAPSTONE-750-M 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264

Either SLI 760s OR 770 eventually going into SLI OR 780 WAY eventually going into SLI

A free case from newegg's "Zero Net Sale"

No optical drive.

Total price without graphics card(s) [Plan on getting the graphics card(s) through parent for early Christmas/Birthday present(s)]$709.96


This is an interesting option. Historically the Xeons are a bit slower when gaming. There have been some exceptions. I am not finding any gaming benchmarks with this CPU. Does anyone have a link?

I was under the impression that Haswell Xeons were not compatible with Z87.

Well here, watch this video it's in Dutch I think, but just mute it or skip to the benchmarks, it's comparing the model lower Ivy bridge Xeon E3-1230V2 vs i7-3770K. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hUvjxUCz8s

Can anyone HELP ME WITH THIS?!?


xeons do just as well at gaming, only really old xeons are bad, also the xeons for haswell have physically different notches so you can't use them, you don't need a i7 either way for gaming

gigabusterEXE is right, the newer xeons run games like any other intel quad. for the sheer hell of it, i shoved a 660ti in my workstation rig (same ivy xeon as mentioned in your comment, and 16gb ram) and put it up against a friend's i7 rig with the same model 660ti. we were pretty much head to head on everything, give or take 10fps, except minecraft. i don't exactly know what i did to get this, but my xeon got well over 1200fps with all the stuff cranked, while he got around 170-300. 

More people don't do this because they can't OC a xeon.


Why don't you get a 4670k along side with the gryphon?