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I will be upgrading my processor next week or so, been looking on the web for suitable processors within my budget. I,ll be doing alot of encoding, video editing etc. So far i've got it down to 2.

Q6600 2.4Ghz
Xeon X3210 2.13Ghz

Though the clocks are different, will the Xeon work with the DS3? I wasnt sure if it would or not? Also besides the clocks what are the differences between the xeon quad and the core 2 quad?

What processor would you recommend? I,ll be upgrading from a E6300
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post #2 of 8
Honestly, go for the conroe. the Xeons are made more for workstations, they are more stable but then again, they are the exact same cores with barely any differences. Buy the cheap one, when comparing stats. It's not like opterons and athlons, where opterons actually overclock higher and such..

by the way the xeon will fit on the DS3 (socket 775). just make sure it's rev 3.3 or it accepts quads on the box.
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post #3 of 8
I would also go for the cheaper as it would just be more economical for your usage. If you planned on NEVER shutting down your PC and have a high OC the whole time... you would want a Xeon.
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ok, at the moment im on the F8 Bios, will need to update that? Gigabyte I think are on F12 at the moment.
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post #5 of 8
upgrade to F12 then.

NOT straight up though, go through ALL the bios between F8 and F12
F9
F10
F11
F12

install each one. I was told by a guide never to skip bios, i dont remember why, but meh.. take my word for it...
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ok thanks for the tip
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post #7 of 8
I don't think that's necessary cause AFAIK flashing your BIOS = overwriting what's already there.. it's not like it goes on top of it, is it?
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post #8 of 8
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true, but theres no harm having the latest Bios unless you flash the wrong one, which i have done before
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