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Old 08-14-2008, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dell Precision Xeon 530

I'm thinking about buying this computer from a friend, I was going to hook it up and us it to post this but the mouse driver is missing -_- so I just took some photos with my phone.









Thats right, there's two processors and they look to be dual core the only thing is that theres only 512mb of ram and the ram is a special kind made for servers so that might end up being a problem if I can't find some more. The case could use a little work and it comes with the usual items (cd drive, floppy, cables, etc.) plus it has an aftermarket gfx and usb 2.0 card in it.

He only want $100 for it so do you think I should buy it?
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Those cpu's might be single core Xeon's with hyperthreading. Do you have the model number of the processors or could you run cpuz and post a screenshot of the cpu tab
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For gaming, thats not going to cut it. The 9700 radeon card is about 5 years old. So, not sure what you are planning on doing with it.
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for $100 it aint bad. You can play some older games on it.
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no i dont game, it's gonna be for web surfing and gfx/3d programs

EDIT: Would I be able to replace the cpu's with faster/better ones?
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ok i ran cpuz and here are the results:

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The cpu's are single cores with hyperthreading and are based off the old Northwood Pentium 4's. At best it will perform like a Pentium D which should be ok for web surfing but will be significantly slower than a Core 2 Duo or athlon x2. Newegg has a couple of faster cpu's available for that socket but the cheapest is $700.What programs were you going to be using for gfx?

For $100 it still may be a decent deal.
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The cpu's are single cores with hyperthreading and are based off the old Northwood Pentium 4's. At best it will perform like a Pentium D which should be ok for web surfing but will be significantly slower than a Core 2 Duo "or athlon x2."

For $100 it still may be a decent deal.
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well here's my current computer for comparison:



SO I guess it comes down to, is the new computer at least $100 better than my current
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definitely. lol.
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