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Dual Xeon 2gHz vs. Athlon XP 2800+

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December 25, 2005 4:22:16 PM

So I got dual 2.0gHz Xeons with hyperthreading on a Tyan S2603 from my dad for christmas.

Yeah I know, he's great!

My question is, once I get a gig of rambus for this thing, should I use it to replace the Athlon XP 2800+ (can OC to 3400+) on an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe?

I like the idea of four instances...and this server-grade hardware is pretty sexy. But could I justify it? I know that game performance would probably take a hit, especially since the Tyan only has a 4x AGP slot.

Thanks muchly, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! :D 
December 25, 2005 5:11:28 PM

What graphic card did you get?

That dualXeon will tear up office apps and video encoding.
December 25, 2005 6:23:11 PM

rambus is a rip $40 for 128 megs. probably cheaper to get a new mobo with ddr. athlon xp would be better to game on.
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December 25, 2005 9:36:37 PM

I got a compatible 475W PSU on eBay for $50, and I think I can foot the $175 for 512MB of RDRAM on ebay. Now all that's left is an Extended-ATX case....this thing is a beast!

The video card (to be) is a 6600GT 8X AGP, 128MB G-DDR3. I think that I may just build this as a secondary rig, since if I used this instead of the athlon I'd have to replace the case, hard drive and power supply too. I feel sorry for my bank account.

But still, how will the Xeon do against the Athlon in everyday performance?
December 25, 2005 10:31:37 PM

Graphics cards rarely take advantage of anything more than AGP x4. But a dual Xeon isn't made for gaming. An AMD64 is much more suitable for the task.
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