Please make the prices in Canadian
It's a little over, but worth it. Its your choice! I accidentally put low voltage ram, but you can change that. I have a geforce 970 and love it. Along with the Asus Sabertooth board and that's awesome the bios is quite impressive.
Will I be able to record/render with this?
Will you be overclocking?
If your wanting to record/render I say go for an i7-4790k which will add another $80-100. I have an i7-4790k and it's an absolute beast, but expensive. I was going to get the i5-4690k, but I didn't because I wanted something with power and longevity meaning it wouldn't be obsolete. it was worth the extra money it just hurt my wallet. I would highly recommend a cooler because if you plan to game it will be wise to get something to keep the cpu cool.
Well, I put together a build not oriented towards overclocking.
This'll be decently faster than the i5 when rendering videos due to the 8 threads. It'll game just fine - this Xeon is essentially a locked i7 with no integrated graphics. A GTX 970 will be very strong at 1080p.
Also, 16GB of RAM will help during editing.
Yeah, but isn't the i7-4790k better, yet cheaper?
Nope, it's the other way around
It's better only due to clockspeed.
The price difference is why I've gone for the Xeon over the i7.
I didn't see that the Canadian price was $358, I payed $330 for mine.
Well, in the US, the i7 is about $330. The Xeon E3-1231 is about $250-260.
How much performance would the 1231 give me over the 1230?
A small amount - it's only 0.1ghz.