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HP xw 8600 as Gaming Rigs.

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Living in California's Bay Area, I've often had access to inexpensive used Enterprise grade computer equipment.
Recently I purchased two HP xw 8600 workstations for $200 each, and have converted them into pretty powerful gaming systems on the cheap.
Here are the specs.
Dual-cpu x5492 (8core@3.4 ghz, 24mb l2 cache, 1600mhz FSB) with the double-tall High Performance heatsinks.
16gb ECC DDR2 PC2-6400F 800mhz running at quad-data rate.
4x 146gb 15k rpm Fujitsu Limited SAS drives in raid-0 on PCI-X HP Raid controller (512mb Cache, Battery Backed-up).
Both systems have Sound Blaster Recon3d Fatali1y edition sound cards. (so cheap on ebay now! ~$45)
One system has One MSI HD 7950 3gb OC Boost and a MSI GT 640 as dedicated PhysX.
One system has an Asus GTX 590. a GT 640 (338cuda) as Dedicated PhysX (or 3rd monitor).
The GTX system VisionTek 450w Juicebox to power the main GPU. (ePower Juicebox on E-bay $24)
Both systems cost $500< fully built, Both of these systems read 7.9 out of 7.9 for every category on Windows Experience Index.

What are your opinions on using cheap used Workstations as gaming rigs.
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$200 for a 2P workstation is a dang good deal, I wish I could find something like that.

In fact, I'd host some game servers if I found a cheap workstation...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670k Asus Z87 Pro HIS 7950 IceQ X2 2x2gb + 2x4gb DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Seagate 1TB 7200RPM OCZ Agility 4 128GB PNY 240GB LG Blu Ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Hyper 212+ with extra fan Windows 10 Education x64 Shimian QH270 @110hz Medieval Dell OEM Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair TX750 V1 Antec 300 Black Illusion  Logitech G400s Xonar ST 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Fostex T50rp with BMF mod Archer T9E Wifi adapter 2x Yate Loon D12SL-12D 120x38mm fans Thermalright TY-143 fan 
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