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Xeon E3 vs i7 for ESXi v5.5+

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Hi Experts

I am getting ready to upgrade my existing ESXi host and am having trouble deciding between a Xeon E3-1231v3 processor or an i7-4790. They are both quad core w/hyper thread which should show 8 vCPUs in ESXi, but from what I can find online, the i7 is quite a bit faster. Would this be a better choice over the Xeon? I'm cool w/$250 but probably wouldn't want to go too much over that if I can avoid it. (diminishing returns)

This is a home lab ESXi config that runs stuff for school and testing for work, but I still want the best solution for the money, not necessarily the most expensive.

What do you guys think is better for an ESXi box, the Xeon or the i7? I also looked into an AMD FX-8350 but they paled in comparison to both the Xeon and i7, even w/8 cores.

I also have an opportunity to purchase a full pre-owned Asus CM6870 for $400 with an i7-3770 and 32GB RAM. Should I just go this route and not worry about either the Xeon or the 4790? I don't think I would pay $400, I'd try to get it for less if he is negotiable but I can't find too much online about this system other than its a "meh" entry level gaming system.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!

Joe
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