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Hi,

I got a free Q9550 (with Zalman cooler) with P5Q3-DELUXE from upgrading a clients system. With those also came: 4GB DDR3 (4x1GB Corsair DHX), an OCZ 700W Modstream Pro (550W 12V) and 2 older WD drives (500GB Blue & 500GB Black).

I'm not sure what do with it.

I can go down 2 routes:
1) Sell it. In this case I'd overclock the CPU to something close of 4GHz, upgrade the RAM to 8GB and look for a good deal on a second hand GPU. Then sell the system locally as a refurbished mid-range gaming PC.
Also: what kind of GPU can I throw into this without creating too much CPU bottleneck (take in account I will overclock) and without putting the system at risk with the very mediocre power supply?

2) Use it myself as a server I was half planning to build. The board has dual Gb NICs and even integrated wifi. While the board only has a SATA 2 interface, it does come with 10 ports. I'd probably down-clock the CPU to make it more power efficient and cooler and add RAM (8 or 16GB total).

Opinions on these ideas?
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Either way, I'm gonna need to add new RAM. The mobo's last update dates from 2009. I have no idea on what this system will work with.
Any ideas on what I should look out for?

-Xioros
 

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1. Q9550 is a sweet chip. @ 4GHz, you can probably throw a second hand 770 or 780Ti and it would be fine. My rig is old Q6600 @ 3.5 GHz with 760 and does not bottleneck at all. Note that there is a difference between "bottleneck" and actual performance in games. The former is for instance CPU is working 100% while GPU is capped at 80%; the latter is there is increase in performance from CPU-intensive tasks such as compiling code.

I would find a decent 4GB GPU and then sell it. It's gonna still out-perform console and the user can enjoy games which allows players to mod them.

2. Don't know much about servers so can't give you a technical advice but an economic one
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. Unless you have a clear purpose of building one, I think this investment might be a waste of time and resource. You just don't want to have a hardware laying around in the house and don't actually use it.
 

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I'd say use it as a server CPU so you can play with it in the future.

I think it'd be risky to overclock it to 4.0GHz and then sell it to someone - if the buyer is not overclocking savy, and the chip gets fried from the higher voltage/higher temperatures, you'll have to deal with buyer's wrath. And you'll have to get a better air cooler even if the voltage & temperatures are manageable.
 

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I'd say use it as a server CPU so you can play with it in the future.

I think it'd be risky to overclock it to 4.0GHz and then sell it to someone - if the buyer is not overclocking savy, and the chip gets fried from the higher voltage/higher temperatures, you'll have to deal with buyer's wrath. And you'll have to get a better air cooler even if the voltage & temperatures are manageable.
I already have a NAS I would ditch then. I would still need a new case though.

Well, If I'm selling it, I'd OC it to something like 3.6-3.8. The maximum I can get with this cooler and safe voltage.
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So that wouldn't be an issue.

Parts I'm looking into to pair it with:
Corsair SPEC-01
2x4 GB Crucial Ballistics Sport (compatible according to Crucial)
Second hand R9-290

I'd be spending around 250-ish on new parts and I'm gonna try to sell the complete rig as a second hand game PC for something like €500-550

Update
Found a deal for an ASUS R9-280X DC2 for just €110 shipped. I think I'm just going to sell the system as a whole. Could easily yield me above €250 profit
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