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Thread: What Do I Do? Trade My Pc For A Server!!??

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    What Do I Do? Trade My Pc For A Server!!??

    I am an extreme gamer! My current system is an ASRock 939Dual-SATAII, AMD 4000+, 1GB DDR400, and an ATI X1900AIW. My friend offered me his server (1 Xeon 2.80GHz Nocona, 2x 512MB DDR2 400 DC, 1 PCI x16, 1 PCI x1, 3 PCI, 2 DVD-RW's, and 2x 80GB WD SATAII RAID), and a modded xbox for my pc. I would have $220 bucks for christmas. Would it be better for me to just trade him and put an X1950PRO in it? Would it be faster?

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    Jun 2001
    IL. USA
    Hello 7angofragger, and welcome to The PC Guide Forums!

    Don't trade. Your PC is much better then what he wants to trade you.

    What motherboard is in the workstation/server?

    The Xeon 2.80GHz Nocona is the slowest in that series (2.8GHz-3.6GHz) with a 800MHz FSB and 1MB L2 cache.

    If it had a single 3.8 Irwindale it would be almost as fast as your AMD 4000+.

    Will the motherboard support Irwindale Xeon CPUs 800MHz FSB and 2MB L2 cache

    A single Xeon 2.80GHz Nocona 800MHz FSB and 1MB L2 cache = a P4 2.80GHz Presscott core 800MHz FSB and 1MB L2 cache.

    Your CPU is much faster and you wouldn't see a significant performance advantage until you add a second CPU.

    Nocona core Xeon CPUs are getting hard to find and Intel made 2 different 2.8GHz Nocona CPUs DO stepping and EO stepping and when adding a second CPU the stepping of the CPUs must match.

    Most games will not use the second CPU so you would more or less be extreme gaming with a 2.8GHz P4, that doesn't sound very extreme to me LOL.

    If it had a couple of 3.8 GHz Irwindale CPUs it might be worth the trade.
    Last edited by rond36; 12-13-2006 at 08:57 PM.
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