Originally Posted by rewease
I agree with you on that. Only a very small percentage of users should be interested in the 771 mod. Aged platform without sata3 and usb3, ram limitations, bios hassle, insane prices for decent 775 boards. So its really just an upgrade option for dual cores or slow quads in existing systems for people with some skill and interest. Lets see how prices develop.
Too bad that most of the retired server cpus never see the free market. You wouldnt believe what stuff most companies throw in the dumpster.
Xeon prices have been raised but still the cost is lower than a Q9450 or Q6600.
But it seems all seek for the best Xeon, one that will be QX9770.
Still a QX9770 costs, well not only costs a lot, it is not worth those money.
Lower end Xeons are still fast cpus and of course there are the 65nm Xeons there.
Assuming you have a decent motherboard that all those years works OK and you`re still running it with a Dual Core, then any Xeon will be a huge upgrade.
USB3 card, a NEC / Renesas uPD720201 with 2+2 ports costs just a little and it is really fast. I have two such cards.
Look for "D720201" in ebay, search title including description.
uPD720202 (2 port) is even cheaper, look for "D720202" title & description.
There are even cheaper USB3.0 cards but with not such good chipset.