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LGA2011v3 would be x99 based motherboard not x79.

X79 was LGA2011v1 DDR3 Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge
X99
was LGA2011v3 DDR4 Haswell-E and Haswell-EP

Still not a bad chip at all if you need multiple cores and can get a deal on it.
The funny thing is that the cpu might be v2.

I just noticed ryzen 5 2600 price is lower than $150 already.
So maybe prices go even lower when 3000 series comes out and maybe used goes around for $100.
 
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You can grab a Ryzen R5 1600 for $80 at your local Micro Center, which I would highly recommend over the Xeon and cheap board.

If you are in the US, but don't have one near you, maybe find someone that does and is willing to be your middleman. I am going to be in the store on 7/7 when Zen2 launches, so if you're patient... I can grab that for you. You also get a $30 discount on 'compatible' motherboards when bundled which however you take it will save you $30 on the CPU or $30 on the board. A Ryzen 6 core for $50 ... it simply cannot be beat.
 

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I have ddr3 for 10 years. I saw a YouTube video demo latest games and it looked perfect.
You gonna stay with DDR3 for another 10 years?
 
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You can grab a Ryzen R5 1600 for $80 at your local Micro Center, which I would highly recommend over the Xeon and cheap board.

If you are in the US, but don't have one near you, maybe find someone that does and is willing to be your middleman. I am going to be in the store on 7/7 when Zen2 launches, so if you're patient... I can grab that for you. You also get a $30 discount on 'compatible' motherboards when bundled which however you take it will save you $30 on the CPU or $30 on the board. A Ryzen 6 core for $50 ... it simply cannot be beat.
If you can find it at that price I would buy it right away.
Problem is that I live in EU so I think shipping might hurt.

You gonna stay with DDR3 for another 10 years?
Yes, it does the job well.
But I am looking at ryzen chips now since prices have gone down and used ones should go lower.
 
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Will probably wait for Ryzen 3000 then decide but I still am interested in the Xeon. Compared to what I have it should be way more powerful.
 
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Hi I’m in a similar position that’s how I ended up here. I’ll give you the benefit of my researches so far.

The old Xeon represents much better value. There’s a whole bunch of caveats, however.

The aliexpress boards use a recycled intel chipset that has been removed from old server boards. The Chinese are very good with electronics but motherboards are remarkably fickle bits of tech. They are generally branded Huanon zhi, plexHD, or other and can be considered generic. There have been different releases and to get best functionality need to be really careful- full speed nvme for example. There’s no overclocking except for unlocked multiplier releases (Xeon versions of i7 k chips), using throttlestop or similar:


Since these new boards have been released to meet a demand I wouldn’t be surprised to see increased overclocking options on the latest versions, one recent version has power boost bios settings. To get anything comparable to today’s performance on this old hardware you must overclock, but the best of those are still expensive even after all this time. (e5-1650 v2 is $90, 1680 v2 is $200). Alternatively, you could pick up an enthusiast board such as supermicro - ancient and expensive- for the X58, and a Xeon w36xx, overclock using the bclk method which is very productive for those. But so expensive, difficult, and still with a risk of screwing something. (Edit: Xeon 36xx series is unlocked, so could use cheaper locked chip on that board with that method).

So we are back at the beginning, accepting reduced performance for low cost. I’m currently in the bidding for a dell 5600 workstation. Dual socket but will fit a single Xeon such as the 2689. 800w gold psu with usb3 and expansion options, and four channel memory. Bought 32gb of 1866mhz memory for it already, £32 (about $40). Total system cost excluding gpu will be ~120$.

The ryzen would beat it in benchmarks for sure. But on a 1080p monitor they will be functionally identical.

There’s a lot more I could write but got bored of typing!
 
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Yea, I agree...with the release of Zen 2; the used Xeon market is looking less attractive.
The only thing is; if you get lucky to find some cheap used parts or are given a CPU or X79/X99 Motherboard
for some odd reason....they can still win big in price vs performance benches.
If AMD never came out with a competitive CPU. Intel would have never went more than 4-6 cores on mainstream
SKU's. The multi-core XEON's would still be a steal for guys who need more cores with only slightly lower single core speed.

That being said; I still have all E5-Xeon v1,v2's and a few x5675 and x5680 rig's running just fine for general use and light gaming.
So I will wait a few or more years to upgrade.

And I have 3 of the LGA2011v1 china boards and all are running great for over 1 1/2 years.
But yea, they all are the server based chipset....
 
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Just an update after two years.
I decided to go with ryzen 5 5600x this year and didn't upgrade for 2 years.
Still have the Ryzen 5 1600.
 
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Xeons dont have much point apart 1) unlocked models (old and few) or 2) absolute top models of the past.

Which at point when it starts to be interesting also starts to be expensive. There is no cheap power in PC.

Damn, didnt notice timestamps. Solid necro. :D But still valid I guess.
 

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Xeons dont have much point apart 1) unlocked models (old and few) or 2) absolute top models of the past.

Which at point when it starts to be interesting also starts to be expensive. There is no cheap power in PC.

Damn, didnt notice timestamps. Solid necro. :D But still valid I guess.
The op came back and posted,so no necro
 
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