Can I use server as a pc?

vxmqzz

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Dell sb has some server for sale, can I grab one and plug in a video card and use it as a normal pc? thanks
 
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Depends on the system.. Some of them don't have AGP or PCI-E slots for video cards.

~EDIT~ You can use it as a desktop but not all of them will support a discrete video card.
 

DaveSimmons

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Originally posted by: vxmqzz
will a server like poweredge 2800 run windows xp? thanks


Originally posted by: MDE
Short answer- yes.
Short answer- yes :)

But remember it may only have / support motherboard integrated graphics, no good 3D card for you.
 

chrisrod01

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Well is someone pointing a gun at your head ? KIDDING yes of course use the server it just matter for what your going to use it .....?????
 

Valkerie

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Lol... a desktop computer with Windows Server 2003, you can barely get a soundcard to work, and not to mention decent graphics.

Anyway, yes, you can.
 

MDE

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Originally posted by: Valkerie
Lol... a desktop computer with Windows Server 2003, you can barely get a soundcard to work, and not to mention decent graphics.

Anyway, yes, you can.

What? I've run games\music on Server 2003 without problems. You have to enable hardware acceleration before you get decent performance though.
 

egkenny

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PowerEdge 2800

Up to 2 64-bit Intel Xeon processors with up to 2MB L2 Cache

Processors:
3.6GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 2MB L2 cache
3.6GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 1MB L2 cache
3.4GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 2MB L2 cache
3.4GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 1MB L2 cache
3.2GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 2MB L2 cache
3.2GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 1MB L2 cache
3.0GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 2MB L2 cache
3.0GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 1MB L2 cache
2.8GHz, 800MHz front side bus, 1MB L2 cache

Chipset: Intel E7520

Slots:
2 PCI Express slots (1 x 4 lane and 1 x 8 lane)
4 PCI-X slots (64-bit/133MHz)
1 PCI slot (32-bit/33MHz, 5v)

Video: Embedded ATI Radeon 7000-M with 16MB SDRAM

Operating systems:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, Standard/Premium
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v2.1 AS and ES
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 AS and ES
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 Advanced Server EM64T
Novell NetWare 5.1 and 6.5
 

egkenny

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I assume you guys are kidding. Windows NT 4 and 2000 ran fine on 500MHz processors. The only problem I had was trying to run Windows NT 4 on a 100MHz desktop. It was too slow. Windows 95 ran much better on it.

Where I used to work we used servers for workstations all the time. This was only because we had applications that required 4 or 8 processors. Only servers had these. Workstations with dual XEON processors with hyperthreading are now fast enough to do what we were doing. In the future dual-core processor desktops will be as powerful as current dual XEON workstations.