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So I am thinking of splitting my server apart from my gaming machine (currently the rig in the sig is both) as it is getting a little crowded but I am not sure what I really need these days for gaming.

My E5-2670s are Sandybridge era so I am not sure how that compares to todays cpus. Price wise I am thinking of an i5 but I would spring for an i7 if it will really make much difference for gamning.

I have a microcenter nearby so I would probably get a board/cpu from them.

I do have some DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) kicking around so I am not sure if that would still be viable if I went with a pre-ddr4 era intel cpu (or would 1600 be too slow these days)

Cpus that come to mind are,

Xeon E3-1231V3 - $209.99

i5-6600K - $219.99

I7-4790K - $279.99

Xeon E3-1245V5 - $279.99 looks like I cant use skylake Xeon's in Z170 boards

I7-5820k - $299.99

edit: Leaning towards the 6600K currently

Thoughts?
 

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If you want to use the existing DDR3 8GB kit, you'd be out of choosing either the 6600K or the 5820K. If you do plan to get DDR4 , then I'd choose 5820K over the 6600K due to it having more cores which games in the future should start to utilize.
 

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All of those should work if you ask me. Check my sig rig, it's 3 years old and I run every game there is and never is my CPU the bottleneck. Of all, the i7-5820k is the most future proof platform .
 

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Another vote for the 5820k. The price is just far too close to the i5 6600k, it just seems a waste when you can grab the LGA 2011 i7 instead for like $50 more. Boards for that socket aren't that much more either, either option you'll need DDR4 so same price there. You could end up spending the same, less, or slightly more for the 5820k, depending on board choice between both sockets, but you'll have a far greater and more future proofed rig.
 

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Do we know if the 2011 v3 socket will be used for any future chips?

Also specifically for gaming, is the 5820k better? 5820k is haswell era correct? I thought most games don't use more than 4 cores (or has that changed) and the greater IPC on the skylake chip would make that the better choice for gaming
 

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Also going to vote 5820K. If you do decide to stick with a DDR3 system, 1600 is fine. Faster is better, but really, 1600 is fine.
 

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I'm still rocking my Socket 2011. After 5 years it's still going strong. So I can only recommend socket 2011 (v3).
 
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