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What's an a accelerator card? Can it help me game?

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November 10, 2013 7:27:09 AM

Hello!

I got a dell power edge sc1420 server w a 3.2 GHz Xeon that I'm trying to put up for home use. I installed windows 7 on it but its currently running slow as molasses, though I think it's because of the SATA 40gb drive (solid state is my next upgrade) and fossilized ATI Rage card.

I bought a Zotac nVidia 1GB pci-x1 card (no pcix16 slot is present) that I'm waiting for in the mail. I've also seen Ageia PhysX "accelerator cards" on eBay for a good price and I'm wondering if these would help in the graphics department also?

Thanks!

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November 10, 2013 7:49:53 AM

You're trying to turn a decade old Dell Xeon based small business server into a current gaming/graphics machine? Good luck with that.

If it were me, I'd use that for a backup device, and maybe music server. I certainly wouldn't spend much money on trying to get the graphics ability up to semi-current standards.
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November 10, 2013 11:48:15 AM

USAFRet said:
You're trying to turn a decade old Dell Xeon based small business server into a current gaming/graphics machine? Good luck with that.

If it were me, I'd use that for a backup device, and maybe music server. I certainly wouldn't spend much money on trying to get the graphics ability up to semi-current standards.


It wouldn't suffice for windows 7/simple gaming with the graphics card installed though? I really only play emulators and watch HD YouTube videos
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November 10, 2013 11:58:47 AM

It might do 'better' with the GPU you've ordered. But no matter what you do to it, it will still be slow.
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November 10, 2013 4:19:10 PM

USAFRet said:
It might do 'better' with the GPU you've ordered. But no matter what you do to it, it will still be slow.



Hmm, OK. Even a second Xeon won't help, huh? (It has two sockets).

Thanks for the help.
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