I currently have a custom PC based on a E6750 Core2Duo (4M cache, normally running @ 2.66GHz, overclocked @ 3GHz), on a P35 mobo, with 4 * 1GB sticks of 1333 RAM.
A friend of mine offered to give me his old PC, which is a Dell Precision T5400, which is based on an Intel Xeon E5420 (4 cores, 12M of cache, running @ 2.5GHz), again with 4 * 1GB sticks of 1333 RAM.
Ok, sure, the Xeon is better, but the question is:
Assuming the hard disks, sound card, graphics card (and everything else, for that matter) are the same, will the difference actually be noticeable? I am talking real world terms here guys, not benchmarks. Will Windows be noticeably faster? Is gaming performance affected?
From what I understand, the only real difference will be with tasks such as video encoding or engineering simulations. Or perhaps with VM-Ware. Am I wrong? Is it even worth bothering?
Thanks, in advance, for the advice :)