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January 10, 2014 9:57:18 AM

Hello everyone,
i am a full time online freelancer specialized in video editing, visual FX & motion graphics!
now as you all know a pretty solid workstation is required for editing otherwise it's HELL on earth with the lags and the non ending crashes in adobe after effects!
anyway, i am wondering whether to upgrade my workstation or Sell it and get new one! since i kind of suck when it comes to hardware!
My questions are :
- is my motherboard good or no ?
- Shall i change my motherboard since my ram is FB- dimm ddr2 and that's rare to find = expensive! since i want to reach at least 24gb and now i am only working with 4 gB which is nothing!
- Will the Nvidia GTX 780 be compatible with my motherboard ?
- and mainly, shall i upgrade this machine or sell it and get a brand new one from the HP Z workstation series !?

Waiting for your reply
Kind regards
Ahmed
here are my workstations specs

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition ‎(X64)‎ Service Pack 1
System install date: 11/21/2013
Processor
Intel Xeon L5420 clocked at 2.50 GHz
Number of cores: 4 physical, 4 logical
Processor socket: Socket 771 LGA
Intel Xeon L5420 clocked at 2.50 GHz
Number of cores: 4 physical, 4 logical
Processor socket: Socket 771 LGA
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0RW203
Serial number (motherboard): ..CN1374093K00CI.
SKU Number: Dell Inc.
Bios version: A10
Date: 12/28/2011
Chipset
Northbridge : Intel 5400A
Revision ID: C0
Southbridge : Intel 6321ESB
Revision ID: 09
Memory
4 GB total memory type FB-DDR2
Memory chip Samsung from 1 GB
Maximum frequency: 333 MHz
Max bandwidth: PC2-5300
Memory chip Samsung from 1 GB
Maximum frequency: 333 MHz
Max bandwidth: PC2-5300
Memory chip Samsung from 1 GB
Maximum frequency: 333 MHz
Max bandwidth: PC2-5300
Memory chip Samsung from 1 GB
Maximum frequency: 333 MHz
Max bandwidth: PC2-5300
Graphics card
NVIDIA Quadro FX 570
DirectX version installed: 11.0
Core clock: 460 MHz
Shaders clock: 920 MHz
Memory clock: 400 MHz
Harddrive
Harddrive SAMSUNGHD154UI from 1.36 TB SATA II
Firmware: 1AG01118
Serial number: S1Y6J1BZ600643
HDD Temperature: 20 °C
Power time: 9151 hours
CD-ROM
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F
Event type: DVD-R/DL sequential recording Recorder
Firmware version: D300
Network
Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
Adapter type: ethernet
Software Loopback Interface 1
Adapter type: Loopback
Multimedia cards
Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB High Definition Audio Controller

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January 10, 2014 10:04:20 AM

It looks like that system has probably served its purpose and could be retired. You won't get much bang for your buck with an upgrade of a workstation that old. A new workstation would blow it out of the water.
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January 10, 2014 10:06:49 AM

Ah thank you so much for your reply! i thought of that too but i needed a confirmation of an expert! (y)
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January 10, 2014 10:08:36 AM

shortstuff_mt is spot on. This older platform has seen it's day and I would not recommend spending any money upgrading it. Rather, I think you should consider building a completely new rig. A current mid-tier Intel/upper-tier AMD desktop would run circles around this rig.

I would suggest a new thread seeking input for a new system, along with a budget, and you'll get lots of help.
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January 10, 2014 10:26:42 AM

@COLGEEK
thank for your quick reply!! i will definitely consider what you said :D 
kind regards
Ahmed
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