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Converting an old Server Tower into a Gaming PC

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  • Started 4 years ago by zack753
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First off, I am not going and buying my choice parts off of Newegg. I have this old monstrosity that I would otherwise trash. It is a 2005 Xeon-based Small Business Server.

I dug up the invoice from its purchase in December of 2005; here is the list as Dell put it:
3.0 GHz/2MB Cache, Xeon 800MHz Front Side Bus for PowerEdge SC 1420, G86VZ81
2.0GB DDR2, 400MHz, 2X1GB 2R DIMMs for PowerEdge SC1420
250GB, SATA, 1 inch, 7.2k RPM (x3 in RAID 5)
CERC 6-channel SATA RAID controller (This may be bad, the reason the server was replaced was due to a RAID warning, and the risk of losing company data was too great to try to fix)
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (Windows 7 is my goal)
On-board NIC
PV100T, IDE, TR40, 20/40GB, Internal TBU (Maybe this is the old style tape backup part)

Now that's all that Dell told me on the paper. However, here's what I've learned from digging in the case:
It has a dual socket mobo, with a mPGA604 socket type. Much time on the Google has lead me to a few sites that have dual core Xeons that fit this socket for way cheap (as in $75) They are at:

I would really appreciate it if anyone lets me know if I did something dumb in the socket finding, there's Socket 604 and mPGA604 and PGA604 and some others. As far as I know they are the same.

The other thing I found was the strange PSU. It makes up the bottom of the tower. Look up a Dell 1420 Server and you will see what I mean. It is large and flat, I haven't been able to take it off to get a better look at it, but it appears to be a 650w, though I can't see all of the number. I don't think it's a 6500w, but I can't be sure. (Don't think those exist though >.>)

So I come here to beg for all of your opinions on server gaming and whether my Xeon is enough. It's only single core, but 3GHz seems pretty decent, considering the best i7 is only at 3.9. Are those other cheap ones worthy of my spending like $100 on a pair? And what about that DDR2 RAM? Is that bad, and can I upgrade it? Keep in mind that I'm not looking for a supercomputer here. It's a scrap parts build, more of an upgrade. However, if it is just too old to be worth the time, I'll head back to Newegg.

Thanks in advance!

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 129

Dude, I recommend trying to sell this maybe here @ geek buy & sell,
sry bt u wont be playing anything new using a single core, they just
wont hack it. The raid prob fixed with mre ram; onastley though
all u can do with these is like u say
maybe upgrade 2 windows 7.

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 14920

Specs on Page Two down in the document.

Would be fun to re-build if you already had parts however is not economical to to make into current gaming machine.

Posted 4 years ago

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