Need Performance Boost

I have a Super Micro X7DVA-8 motherboard which I previously used as a server. It has a single Intel Xeon E5310 1.6GHz CPU, though supports two CPUs. I'm now using this system as a workstation and am running 64-bit Vista. My acceptable performance "benchmark" is for it to be able to run SlingPlayer viewing an HD video stream and also function as a trading workstation (processing real-time data feeds and charting applications).
The system has 12GB of DDR2 and a nVidia Quadro graphics card, but performance is clearly CPU bound (just trying to handle the SlingPlayer video stream). Will adding another LGA 771 socket Xeon CPU make the difference I seek? If so, which one? If not, what would you recommend? Thanks!
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  1. cdamiker said:
    I have a Super Micro X7DVA-8 motherboard which I previously used as a server. It has a single Intel Xeon E5310 1.6GHz CPU, though supports two CPUs. I'm now using this system as a workstation and am running 64-bit Vista. My acceptable performance "benchmark" is for it to be able to run SlingPlayer viewing an HD video stream and also function as a trading workstation (processing real-time data feeds and charting applications).
    The system has 12GB of DDR2 and a nVidia Quadro graphics card, but performance is clearly CPU bound (just trying to handle the SlingPlayer video stream). Will adding another LGA 771 socket Xeon CPU make the difference I seek? If so, which one? If not, what would you recommend? Thanks!


    Come on guys... please, I really need your help with some ideas here :(
  2. Since you obviously have an abundance of memory my thinking is that more Mhz of CPU power certainly wouldn't be a bad thing.
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