I read some reviews and would like to try my hand at this Bitcoin thing.

I see that costly, dedicated hardware is the way to go. I have a dual XEON E5420 (http://goo.gl/Frco5X), 8Gb DDRII RAM sitting on a Intel S5000VSA motherboard. I have a 15K 146Gb SAS Drive available to load an OS.

  1. Would I just waste effort and electricity getting this up and running.
  2. What would the best OS be to load to maximize CPU power for mining the hashes?

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