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hey guys,

I'm currently looking for a dual socket motherboard for a computer i want to build for blender rendering.

I dont really care as too what socket type it is as long as it is modern (771 or 1366 or even 2011) and can fit 2 CPUs. Blender really prefers core count over core speed and i would like to build a cheap machine. If anybody out there knows where i can source a cheap motherboard that fits my needs i would be very grateful. I live in Australia and i cant really find any cheap boards

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Keep in mind you can't run two consumer grade i5 or i7 processors on ANY multiprocessor board. You'll need to use Xeons. By the time you skimp on motherboard, you'll end up spending extra on the processors.

Blender does make good use of cores, but you'd be better off (in my opinion) getting a 3930K hex core and X79 single processor board if that's your primary application.


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if you HAVE to get a multi cpu board, the cheapest well known board that i know of is the EVGA SR-2, its a 1366 board, or the SR-X which is 2011, and those are still very expensive

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Originally Posted by Radmanhs View Post

if you HAVE to get a multi cpu board, the cheapest well known board that i know of is the EVGA SR-2, its a 1366 board, or the SR-X which is 2011, and those are still very expensive

There are hundreds of cheaper 2P server motherboards.... especially pulls from older servers. Just check eBay.


That being said.... core count and core performance are important for any multi-threaded application. Faster cores or larger cache can make up for less cores. More importantly... what's your budget? Within the same budget, you may end up choosing between one current overclocked CPU vs two older stock clocked CPUs.
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