I have a server for my small business. The CPU is Intel Xeon X3210. I am thinking of building a new computer and have been looking at the i7 3770. Would that be faster than my Xeon, or is there something about the Xeon that makes it better suited to be used as a server? What am I missing here? We use SBS 2008 and have an app that queries SQL all day. The server also runs our email and is a file server, but there are only 3 of us, so it is fine, as is. I would like to have more speed in the queries, though, as some of them take 30-60 seconds.
I have also thought of simply changing the Xeon's hd to and SSD. So, I guess it is 2 questions. Is an i7 3770 a good choice to use as a server? And, if I simply swap the hd to an SSD, will that make my queries run faster?