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Workstation Card for Gaming?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 2, 2010 6:05:46 PM

The engineering firm that I work for is about to replace their machines for more recent ones and are selling the old ones for a decent price. I don't really know some of the specs yet because they don't appreciate me eyeing the merchandise when I'm supposed to be working on it. The only info I have is what I can get to through device manager and system info, so bear with me. The systems are as follows:
Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz
3.25 GB RAM (DDR2 or 3?)
68 GB HDD (will be replaced)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 (256 MB)

They won't specify a price yet, but they told me that it would be a good deal because they won't have to ship them to headquarters in California (we're based in VA).

My real question is what could I do with this GPU as far as gaming is concerned? I know that it is built identical to a gaming card all except for the drivers. There are tutorials on how to upgrade a gaming card to be optimized for OpenGL, but is there a way to take this pro card and optimize it for DirectX? Right now in my other computer I'm running an older Geforce 7950GT and would this be an upgrade?