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I have an opportunity to snag this setup for not a lot of money. My question is if it's just a dumb idea for gaming, or should I stick with what I have, and upgrade to 8 gb of ram and x64 windows 7. Or perhaps just take his video card, which ranks better than my 9800GT. See sig for current specs. Here is the Xeon build

ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server/Workstation Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131378

Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80602E5520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117185 Remember this board runs two of these CPU's.

VisionTek 900286 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129139

16gb of ECC non-buffered 1333mhz Crucial RAM

How would this fare with my Phenom II X4 3.0ghz, 4gb ram (upgrading to 8gb and x64 which is about $130 in upgrades).
For gaming. It's a server setup, but I wouldn't be using it for that.

What do you guys think? He's close to the family so whatever price would be a great deal. He may just ask to use the lawnmower whenever he wants. Not sure.

What do you guys think? I don't care about power consumption or heat all that much. My room isn't heated anyway so...it might work out biggrin.gif
    
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Well it would have more processing power, but really not much better GPU power which is whats going to matter in games - if you're really looking for a better gaming experience, take the $130 and invest it into a new GPU (as much as I would hate to pass up that setup, unless you want to buy that AND spend $130 on a new GPU)
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Well it would have more processing power, but really not much better GPU power which is whats going to matter in games - if you're really looking for a better gaming experience, take the $130 and invest it into a new GPU (as much as I would hate to pass up that setup, unless you want to buy that AND spend $130 on a new GPU)

The HD4870 is a better card than my 9800 GT...

It's kind of a tough call. I was planning on going AMD and the Phenom is still in the mail. I don't do too much video editing or DVD encoding anymore and I believe the Phenom would suffice just fine for my needs.

It's like this Xeon is overkill for processing and power. This only started by me asking if he wanted to get rid of that memory, but I don't know if the Phenom will run ECC memory. Are there any AM3+ boards that run it? Say he wants to sell the HD4870. $50 or something. That a good deal? The 9800GT sells for $60 right now and it's letting me play Black Mesa pretty well. I would assume CPU hungry games like Flight sims and Civ5 would like the Xeon setup better?

Gah...I dunno.
    
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