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

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Thats right, there's two processors and they look to be dual core :D 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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I was actually really impressed at how quite it was, my main computer was louder than it was and it was all the way across the room! But if I do get this new one I'll probably add some newer fans and cpu coolers. I would rather have a brand new quad core aswell but I can't spend that much money right now :( so it's either this or I can stick with my first idea and build a computer, but if i do that it will prob be a dual core with 2 gigs of ram and no vid card and it'll cost me soooo much more money.

If I get this one I'll save so much money that I would be able to upgrade it and get a nice 22" flat panel moniter... or maybe 2 19" flat panel moniters :twisted:

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What I'm thinking about doing is buying this one for now and keep learning about computer hardware then when I think I have a good knowledge of it I'll start building a new system, and maybe by that time quad cores will have dropped in price :D

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I don't do any gaming but I do lots of multi-tasking, on a normal day I run firefox with multiple tabs open, PDN, chat program and a music program. I also run uTorrent, a video converter and the zune software at night when I sleep. But I want a computer that can run all these things plus more without any hang ups so...

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Well, that needs a lot of RAM, right? I can't find any RAM resembling it. Are we talking about 2 physical dual core Xeons? Because if not, you could just replace the motherboard... With something like the MSI P7N 750i Platinum.

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Are we talking about 2 physical dual core Xeons?

Yes there are two physical processors but I'm not 100% sure if there dual core or not it just looks that way in the picture above since it shows 4 psu's. So it looks like it has a total of 8GHz which works for me :D . Now why would I go and buy a new motherboard? If I did that I would have to buy a new everything haha

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Memory is dirt cheap right now, so there is little sense in not buying it and adding RAM. There are a few really good computer supply sites available (I like TigerDirect), so you should be able to find even special RAM modules.

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Are we talking about 2 physical dual core Xeons?

Yes there are two physical processors but I'm not 100% sure if there dual core or not it just looks that way in the picture above since it shows 4 psu's. So it looks like it has a total of 8GHz which works for me :D . Now why would I go and buy a new motherboard? If I did that I would have to buy a new everything haha

Because you need more then 512mb RAM... This is by no means normal RAM. This is RDRAM. Designed to replace DDR (1), released in 1999. I found your particular model on wikipedia.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... Memory.jpg :!: This image is pretty huge :!:

Loads of applications seem to run slower on RDRAM. Pretty low voltage though, considering DDR2 PC6400 runs on 1.2v.

Either way, this is by no means a standard if you ask me. It is being sold though, just Google it.

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That dude is not very smart if he only wants $100 for it. I tell you what, I will give you $150 for the Mobo and the 2 Xeon CPUs.

Why would I say that. Because Xeon's don't come cheap were they are high end server CPU's. 2.00 GHz costs $400 and he got 2 so thats $800. Then you need the mobo inorder to run them so that going to cost you somewere between $400 - $600. Everything else is cheap anyway.

See for yourself:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... ture=Intel

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php? ... SuperMicro

PS: The RAM is not server RAM. It is Rambus. It very old and is not made anymore. It was though to be the RAM used for all computers and it was better then Dual In-Line Memory Module back then, but it came at the wrong time and some fade away. If it was still being made and worked on it may have been the top RAM used by computers. However I still hate having to use dumby ram to full slots not being used. If you need more Rambus then have fun as people sell it at high prices just becuase it hard to come by. I'm taking $500 for 256 MB, that kind of high price.

If the board takes old ram like that then them CPU's could be really old and may not be worth $400 as they could be so old that normal dual cores could out run them.

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You're linking a completely different processor... that one is a Core based Xeon while the OP has a Pentium 4 based Xeon.

Look at the Wiki list. It's a 130nm Gallatin, single core with hyperthreading so there's 2 physical processors and 2 virtual ones. And also about 6 years old.

So, a processors that are even with a Opteron 2200 series and rare and costly RDRAM. moo...

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