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What kind of desktop would you buy or processor?

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I have been using a PC for a server and I am going to purchase another one but with a little more power.  It will be used as a server running server 2003 software.  It house access databases on a shared drive and runs a VB6 app to gather information and store in the shared database.  I have not purchased a actual server due to the costs for what you get and the fact that this PC is not going to be utilized as a true server.  No Active Directory or the likes.

I was wondering which chip would be better for multitasking apps and any other things I should look for in purchaseing a PC to be utilized this way?
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by:compfixer101
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a p4 or even an amd but you have to get the correct board for it |:-(((  
also go to www.valexpc.com or even www.newegg.com    good site   i know another one but can't remember the url tell you later this week  
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Well since you are multitasking then you are going to want to stick with high end processors with hyperthreading.  Hyperthreading will allow for more applications at one time.  Something like a P4 2.8 with HT or a higher speed as long as it has HT.  Or you could get a 64bit AMD processor which also has HT, either a 3200 + or a 3400+.  You could also look at either the FX-51 or the new FX-53 from AMD.  Dual xeon processor would also come in handy for multitasking.  If you don't need really powerful processors then a two dual Xeon 2.4 ghz would work.  However, if you want more power then dual Xeon 2.8ghz or higher would be better.  

Here is a list of recommended list

P4 2.8 or higher with HT
AMD 64 3200 + or 3400+
AMD FX- 51 or FX 53
Intel Xeon Dual processors 2.8ghz or higher.
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Depends on the number of connections that will be active, I suppose. If the load is normally light, most of Dell low-end servers should be adequate, as an example. Not very high-end, but they just sit there and do their job.

If there is heavy use, you'll have to adjust for that by going into things suggested above.
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Thanks very much!!  This is what I was looking for.
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Your welcome :)
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