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Will any x79 mobo with 8 memory slots be fine for a non-gaming build?

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I've pretty much decided on all my components other than the mobo. I will be running a 3930k with 8 x 4gb quad channel 1600 ddr3 and AMD GPU(s). I will not enable crossfire and not have more than 2 GPUs. This build is for CPU intensive modeling simulations and movies. Obviously, the primary concern is the modeling sims, as any pc can play 1080p.

I will be Water cooling the CPU and running the GPU(s) on air. I plan to bitstream audio to my receiver, so I dont think the audio chipset of the mobo will matter.

I wanted the ASRock x79 Extreme9 due to the good things I hear about the company and the price, but they sold out before I could snag one.


I won't be starting the build until late december, so I have some time, but I am having trouble evaluating the different mobo features since I won't be gaming on this. Should I be looking for anything in particular, or will any board work?

Thanks!
    
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3930K X79 Extreme9 MSI Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 32GB (4GB x 8) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 PC31... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 x Corsair Force GT SATA 3 120GB 6 x Western Digital WD20EARX 2TB SATA III LG BD Burner WH12LS38 2 x Swiftech MCP655 Variable 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block XSPC RX360 Rev 2 Xigmatek CLF-F1255 x 14 T-Balancer BigNG, flow meter, 3 x H20 Temp, & 4... 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
2 x Custom Danger Den RAD Reservoirs Primochill Pro LRT tubing - White Windows 7 Pro x64 Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-40LE820UN 40" 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
ViewSonic LED 24" LG 32LF11 32" HP L1950 19" Logitech Wireless K800 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
OCZ Z Series 1000W Modular 80+ Gold Danger Den Double Wide 21 Series Nightmare SR2 Logitech Wireless K400 Onkyo TX-NR709 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
JBL L-890 Front L/R JBL LC2 Center JBL L-820 Side & Rear L/R (7.1 setup) Polk PS505 Sub 
Audio
Emotiva XPA-3 Power Amp 
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Will be a nice rig.

If you aren't gaming then you dont need to do Cross Fire. Just get one really decent GPU designed for rendering etc, like a Firepro, or Quadro. They are designed for rendering rather than games. One of these.

Im not sure that rendering software supports cross fire. Someone else may be able to confirm.
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