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Can my MacPro be transformed into a gaming mammoth?

Wombat

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Thanks to the "What are your computer specs?"-topic, I started wondering can I transform my late 2008 MacPro into a hybrid... the Mac part for work and bootcamp with Windows 10 for gaming.

I have this model, with 10GB memory and 2x 3,2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon:
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Around the web I have gathered that my computer supports up to 64GB of memory and also I see that for example you can install a GTX 1080 / 1080 TI in this machine.

Are there any PC gamers here that can chime in if it's worth it to upgrade my machine with a new videocard and additional memory to play brand new PC games in 4K 60fps? Or are the internal connections and processors of this computer too old for new games?
 

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It's rather old but it should be able to run many games. The Xeon's are server CPU's and normally above what a commercial CPU would be spec wise. I can see this running maybe HD but not sure about 4K.

I would see if there's any videos on Youtube where others have thought this but I'm sure it is possible. The only issue I can really see would be the CPU/RAM being an issue but there should be enough.

I gave next door an old AMD Phenom Tri-Core from 2008 awhile back and was shocked to hear it ran some games decently with 512MB of GPU power. :p
 

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Sadly the ram is pretty slow, and the cpu isn't really that great. 1080s can apparently be a bit touchy. I have the same system, with 50 something gigs of ram, since 64 wasnt letting windows boot. I have a 750ti in mine, which can run a lot of things okay, but even with a 1080 I don't see 4k being on the radar.
 
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Unfortunately your bus speeds will limit what u can achieve graphically. Your ram is maxed at 800mhz and your pci-e lanes are 2.0. 1080 @60hz might be possible but not 4K @60hz. Your rig is a beast for 2008, but newer games are very greedy. I wouldn't chuck any more money at that rig, just keep it for legacy gaming, maybe start looking at a newer rig in the future. We are on a technology generation cusp at the moment where the current tech (14nm processor, DDR3/4) is at the end of development, and newer tech (10nm processor, DDR4/next gen RAM?) is going to be very expensive. So maybe wait until beginning of 2018 to see where prices are.