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June 23, 2012 5:09:33 PM


Could i please ask for some advice, Im looking at buying a PC for playing GTR evolutuion, rfactor 2, iRacing & Football manager, Im looking at -

Intel Core 2 Duo vpro E8200 @2.66Ghz
1GB Nvidia GT520 Card
windows xp pro 32bit
4GB of ram
280w power


Dell Precision 470 2xXeon Core Quad (4) x 3.4Ghz 64bit
1GBNvidia GT520 Card
Windows xp pro 32bit or 64bit - (not sure whichs ones better ?)
4GB of ram
550w power

I know they are old systems, but they can be bought fro cheap ish, and have been told that both would run they games i listed on a HD 32" tv with meduim settings.

Which system would be the better one to buy, really apprecate some advice.

Thank you.

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June 23, 2012 5:13:02 PM

well i'd go with the dual Xeons anyday!!! :D  they'll smoke the *** outta any real 'budget' system :D 
June 23, 2012 5:30:12 PM

I'd take whichever is cheaper if they cost the same I would take the Core 2 Duo as the xeon setup isn't really designed for what you intend to do and is more likely to be a ballache in the future.
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June 23, 2012 5:46:59 PM

Obviously the Xeon quad at 3.4 is the no-brainer here.

It also has a power supply which could support a video card upgrade.

64bit is better.

How much is cheapish?
June 23, 2012 5:53:10 PM


Thanks everyone for replys and advice, they would cost around £220 each with shipping costs included - these are from eBay.

So with the xeon could i put something like a HD6770 video card into it ?

June 23, 2012 6:05:21 PM

Well fact is Xeons are actually server i have no idea about what they support....but i guess a PCIe card shud be supported as its pretty much standard:) 
However, i don't think an OS like Win7 home basic will support dual CPU's, just incase ur planning to upgrade later on in the future....u'll have to buy Win7 professional or something....
June 23, 2012 6:05:48 PM

Absolutely, I'd recommend a 7770 though or even 6850.
June 23, 2012 6:56:30 PM

Reason I would err at the xeon setup is thats server or workstation kit. Hardwarewise that means if something goes pop its harder/expensive to sort out. As its secondhand its likely to have been in an environment where it has been on constantly so I would expect the general wear on it to be bad. Yes it seems the "no brainer" for its extra grunt but I think its more likely to end up in (expensive) tears. If you could push your budget to £300 I think you could do alot better on E-bay or gumtree to be honest
June 23, 2012 7:02:11 PM

Yeah well guessing at possible scenarios who knows.

How do you know the E8200 wasn't previously overvolted and overclocked to 4.2ghz for the last 3yrs?
June 23, 2012 7:24:50 PM

Fair point but under normal usage we would expect the xeon to have taken more of a battering.

I still think the OP should save a bit more though for around £300 he could be getting brand new FX based systems with 8GB ddr3 and 1TB HDD's or second hand i3 based with similar RAM/HDD combos.

Or even trawling auctions there's better for around his current price (though this is bid dependent)

Core 2 quad

Core 2 Duo

i3 2100 (slight over budget)

Phenom X4

June 23, 2012 11:31:22 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
June 24, 2012 2:33:10 PM


Just one more question please, Should i buy the dual core xeon's still or i can get this build for £200 -

Core2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
GeForce 8800GT
4GB ddr2 ram
250gb dd
windows 7

Now i think the core 2 quad would be better then the xeon, but i know very little about computers, so would appreactte some more advice please.

Thank you.

June 24, 2012 3:02:36 PM

I'd take that core 2 quad over the xeon definitley for your uses.