I am planning to upgrade My desktop to Server Hardware,what is the cost-effective way to do it

Hi Experts,

I am Planning to upgrade my desktop hardware to Server hardware

My Current desktop spec:
Name      - Intel Core i5 650
Specification - Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz
Mainboard Model - DH55TC (0x0000018D - 0x00574060)
Package (platform ID)      - Socket 1156 LGA (0x1)
Instructions sets - MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, VT-x, AES
Northbridge      Intel Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge rev. 02
Southbridge      Intel H55 rev. 06
Graphic Interface      PCI-Express
Memory Type      DDR3
Name      NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS

I am planning to upgrade to Intel Xeon E5 based processor.

I wanted to use this for IT Enterprise R&D Purpose which includes deploying VM's,Server Applications,data center configuration etc.

What would be the best method to do it? i mean do i need to replace the whole hardware to server hardware or make make it still to work by replacing with Xeon processor with my current motherboard?

Thanks for your time.
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Single-socket boards are around $300, dual-socket boards are between $300-800.

Quad-core E5's run $200-300, 6-core $400-1000, 8-core are $1000 and up, and 10/12-core start at $1400.

Price are from Newegg.com.

Also, going from an i3 to an E5, you probably won't be able to use your existing memory modules - you'd have to check the specs on the processor/motherboard.
You'll probably need another mainboard, I can't find any E5 for the 1156 socket.

Usually the mainboard manufacturer includes a list of CPU's that work on their board. If it isn't on the list, it may not work. Often BIOS upgrades can get it to work with newer CPU's.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You can do an X3480 on that board, but E5 is out of the question:

You will need a 1356 or 2011 socket board for the latest E5 processors.

Given the price of those boards and processors, you might be better off just getting a new system.
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VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Author Commented:
Hi Thanks for your input.

Any inputs on the price of a E5 processors and compatible socket mother board?
Rather than buying the parts separate and piecing them together, why don't you buy a workstation which already has a CPU like the one you want?
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
That's what I was hinting at earlier.  A Dell PowerEdge T320, a single-socket server, can be configured with a 4-core E5 and 8GB RAM for under $900 (less if you call Sales).  Configured with an 8-core is only $1440.
VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Author Commented:
Thanks for your inputs guys.

@ rindi - I wanted to check what possible options available for the upgrade, if upgrade is not feasible then will go for the new one.

@ PowerEdgeTech - How about the blade server? can I use it along with my regular desktop? any insights on that would be great.

rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
An upgrade isn't feasible, as you'd have to replace too many parts (Mainboard and CPU) and you'd be left with a used mainboard and CPU which both are perfectly good, so you would have to get a new case for those, with PSU, RAM HD, and that is just about a new PC....
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
An actual "blade" server requires very specific parts and would not likely be possible at all.
VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Author Commented:
Thanks for your collective inputs!
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