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Graphics card for Dell Precision T7400?

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The other day I saw a great deal on ebay that I had to get.
I purchased a Dell Precision T7400 with dual Xeon E5405 2GHz quad core processors and 8GB of DDR2 ram and 2 146gb 10 or 15k sas drives for (what I thought was a great price) $320.
Here it is.
I've been wanting to build a rig for some time but I didn't want to throw very much cash at it (I'm 16 and without a job), so when I saw this I thought I might could make it work.
I have everything to make this my main rig but a gaming graphics card. I think it comes with a 256mb quadro FX 570, I believe a low end workstation card.

First of all, could I make this into a decent gaming machine?
What gaming card would fit in with the rest of the system?

I don't want to spend a whole lot of cash as I only spent $320 on the whole pc. My budget is around $150 for the card, and I don't care to buy it off of ebay.

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 11

The e5405 is about as good as a low-end AMD APU which is fine for low-end gaming. The mobo has two pcie 2.0 x16 slots. You could get a 7750 or 7770 for the budget listed but I doubt you would ever be able to use the full capacity of a 7770 with such a cpu.

post #3 of 11
I'm afraid that "MOAR CORES" does not equate to more FPS. I suggest picking up a used card, like a 5750 or 5770, or GTS450. These are going for cheap second hand at the moment.

Also, you could use your new rig for folding, it should be OK with 8 cores. It probably has the cooling systems necessary for 24/7...
 
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post #4 of 11
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I knew that it wouldn't be ideal for gaming, I mostly just use photoshop and after effects on my i3 laptop by the way. Lol (Crappy laptop is the main reason for this purchase)

As bad as an APU, huh. How much better would gaming be with two 3GHz xeon E5472s?
Also, how limited is the gpu by the ddr2 ram?

Sorry for so many questions, I really have no experience with xeons. tongue.gif
I appreciate it!
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
How much better would gaming be with two 3GHz xeon E5472s?

As good as a C2Q9650, or a 1GHz overclock on your E5405's
Quote:
Also, how limited is the gpu by the ddr2 ram?
Not at all. The GPU is limited by the CPU, and the CPU is limited by the DDR2 RAM. (Well, it's not limited. It was designed for it. The DDR2 is not fast, but then nor is the CPU.)
 
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RAT 3 Wooden Desk On-board 7.1 Surround 
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Pentium 4 1.9Ghz Trigem Cupertino Geforce 2 MX400 @ 185MHZ 512MB DDR @ 133MHz 
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40Gb @ 17Mb/s 2x DVD Burner Windows XP Home Edition x86 16" CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
OEM 300 Watt OEM OEM 
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the info warweo. In your opinion, was it worth the $320, or did I waste my money?
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Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
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Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
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Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
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i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
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post #7 of 11
Thats not to bad, Looks like it might be a fun case to mod...

My Cunundrum build is a dual quad Xeon build.. Yours is newer thou
post #8 of 11
If I was in your position, I would have paid $320 for it, yes. Did you waste your money? I don't know. That depends on your use of the system and the performance that you expected. You have a great rendering rig, a good folding rig and a not so good gaming rig. It will play games, though. Just make sure the PSU can take any card that you give it.

My first computer had a dual core C2D-based Celeron, and later on a GTS450 as well. I ran the Celery at 3.5GHz, so the per-core performance is about the same as your Xeons. By no means did it play games well (didn't even fully utilise the GTS450), but It could play them. Yourself, having eight cores, should be able to fully use a GTS450 in games such as BF3, but perhaps not in Skyrim that only uses 2 cores, etc.

In all, I think you purchase was reasonable. Whether it was a waste of £££'s depends on your usage of it.
Edited by Warweo - 12/14/12 at 9:43am
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Scorpio Black 2.5" RAID 0 (1000GB) LG DVD-RW DL Dwood Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S23A700D 120Hz Microsoft Sidewinder X4 OCZ ModXStreamPro 700 Watt Corsiar 400R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
RAT 3 Wooden Desk On-board 7.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 1.9Ghz Trigem Cupertino Geforce 2 MX400 @ 185MHZ 512MB DDR @ 133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
40Gb @ 17Mb/s 2x DVD Burner Windows XP Home Edition x86 16" CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
OEM 300 Watt OEM OEM 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
520m 2.4GHz Dell 05JR09 310m (GT218m) 4Gb DDR3 
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post #9 of 11
You may be able to run a single graphics card, 550Ti - 560Ti maybe.
I would turn that thing into a beast server/minecraft host.
post #10 of 11
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I would turn that thing into a beast server/minecraft host.
I would too.. If I had reasonable internet at home tongue.gif

I'm looking at hd 6870s right now. Priced okay for used ones, plus I could do eyefinity later..
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Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
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Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
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1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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