which intel cpu is better xeon or core 2 for servers

which intel cpu processors would you say are faster and give better performance for a server?

Intel Xeon 5160 3.0 GHz   dual 80w processors [ 2 processors ]
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core  [ single processor ]

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What will the server be doing?
The Core 2 Q9650 is an awesome processor, but I would go with the two Xeon 5160s because they are actually meant for servers and should serve you well.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
webdottAuthor Commented:
the server does this

it has program with clients orders and info on it
4 current [ up to 10 future ] workstations access this program & change info + take orders all day
this info is kept on this server so that it keeps all this info in 1 place and allows anyone to see it
and change it

images - the server in the future will have a program that will take images
and at it to clients folders. all workstations will be able to access it.

network a printer for all workstations to use

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The program it accesses for the orders, is it SQL based or what?  SQL licensing is done by the physical processor, so two processors wil double the price of SQL.  If this software was designed custom then I would contact the developer to see how processor intensive it is, and what they recommend.  A server's performance is much more then just it's processor.  You may wish to purchase faster hard drives, more memory, backup sytems etc. rather then just the fastest processors, especially if processor speed is not going to be an issue.

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webdottAuthor Commented:
no this is not a SQL.
the pricing is only done by the number of workstations.

I am upgrading the server and was looking at the following:
Asus TS500-E5/PA4 barebones kit
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Fujitsu MBA3300 MBA3147RC 147GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
     x2 hard drives in Raid1 mirror configuration
and now see these xeon processors are compatible
Intel Xeon E5430 Harpertown 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 80W Quad-Core

so i guess the XEON's quad core's would be better?
they are the latest and greatest
I would easily choose the new quad core Xeon processors over the older dual core Xeon processors.
webdottAuthor Commented:
No problem!
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