Will a Dell PowerEdge 2950 work well with ESX?

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There is a Dell PowerEdge 2950 that I have & I am looking for a test bed to start learning ESX.  Here is the specs of this unit:

1      NR941      Overpack Kit, 3R2S, Eolas Technologies Inc., English
1      H6183      Printed Wiring Assy, Riser Server, Server Chassis, DELL PE2950, PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS ..., LEFT...
1      FC554      Printed Wiring Assy Input/output, CD-INTRPSR, PE2950
1      NC074      Assembly, Cable, CDROM-SIDEPLANE
1      KC411      Assembly, Cable SASX4-PERC5X4-X4BKPLN
1      RP272      Assembly, Card, PERC5I, Serial Attached Scsi, 1950, 2950
1      PC035      Assembly, Cable, FLOPPY-PLNR
1      PR265      Kit, Documentation/Compact Diskette, DOCUMENT OBJECT MODEL..., V5.1, WORLD WIDE...
1      0R215      Cord, Power, 15A, 125V, 10, 5-15/C13
1      GG460      Kit, Strain Relief, Cable, Power
1      FC475      Assembly, Cable, Control, Panel Sideplane
1      WM766      PRINTED WIRING ASSY..., Backplane, SERVER, SERVER CHASSIS..., Dell2950 3.5X4SAS
1      Y8132      Power Supply, 750W, Redundant Delta Products
1      YF441      Assembly, Cable, INPUT/OUTPUT..., 1FT, USB-PS2SV
8      D7538      Dual In-line Memory Module 512, 533M, 64X72, 8, 240, 1RX8
1      FG027      Card, Backplane, Key, TOE, 2PORT Enterprise Systems Group
1      MH181      Assembly, Printed Wiring Assy Planar, Mitac Inc, PE2950
1      TJ650      Processor, 80556K, Xeon Woodcrest, 5130, LGA771, Burn 2
1      TJ650      Processor, 80556K, Xeon Woodcrest, 5130, LGA771, Burn 2
4      UX837      Hard Drive, 160G, S2, 7.2K, 3.5 WD-HAWK
1      PD438      Assembly, COMPACT DISK READ WRITE/DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE COMBO..., 650M Hitachi LG Data Storage, Black
1      N8360      Assembly, Floppy Drive, 3.5 inches Form Factor, Controller /No Cable, NEC CORPORATION..., BLACK..., LEAD FREE...

It has 4 gb ram only also.

As stated above it will be for my in-house lab.  Curious to see if this is powerful enough to get into or should I look for another candidate?

Of course I would up the ram but what else is suggested?

Thanks fellas
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Commented:
If you are just testing things out the 2950 will work great. There are lots of 2950's in production VM environments.
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That config should be fine to get you started.

Throw in more memory, maybe an external storage option, and a couple of extra network cards.
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It should work ok - I would add a bit more RAM if possible unless you only hope to run one or two small virtual machines at a time.

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