Server into gaming computer

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    Anyone know how hard it would be to turn a Dell Poweredge SC1430 server into a gaming comp? It has two Intel Xeon 5130 processors and 8 gigs of ram along with 4 TB's of HD space. I think the only thing I would need to do would be get a compatible motherboard with a PCI-E slot for a graphics card and it would be a pretty powerful comp. My question is could I do that and if so would it be worth it. The reason I ask is that my dad got two servers for his wine store that also has an online component and now one of them is going unused so I could potentially buy it off him for cheapish.
     
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    My Dell server can hardly be used as a desktop PC so it might be a stretch for it to be a gaming rig.

    I have an older 600SC though.
     
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    Yea this one is about a year old and still in good condition. Im not looking for something crazy but i feel like the specs of that comp with a good graphics card would make it a pretty capable gaming machine.
     
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    During my short lunch hour I've discovered that turning that into any type of actual gaming rig would be next to impossible.

    The chips are only built for server boards; I found one workstation board (single slot) and it had an PCI-X16 slot but only one processor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131725

    All the other compatible boards only have x8 or x4 slots.

    Good luck with it!

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    That was my problem. No AGP slot. Hell it doesn't even have USB ports on the front. I can put 8 HD's in it though. :)
     
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