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Intel Xeon E3 1230 V2 or Intel Core i5 3570(K)

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Been hoping to upgrade my work box, which runs a bunch of VMs. I'm thinking of ripping out the mobo and dropping in a new cpu and mobo - it's currently a G6950 (which incidentally now lives in intel's Ark) and the CPU chugs when running more than one VM.

So I think just a modest Z77 board, probably something like the ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard or the ASRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard, and one of the above CPUs. I'm thinking the Xeon would be better, with the 8MB Cache, but would like some suggestions if other people think different.

Cheers.

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Yes there is no VT-D support on K series chips.

Also, you can utilize ECC memory using a xeon chip and a server board.

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Thanks people, confirmed what I had thought and thanks for the reminder on the ECC RAM. Most mainstream boards don't have support for it as default.

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