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Xeon vs i7, and LGA 1366 vs LGA 2011

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Hello,

I'm looking to build a work computer for crunching large amounts of data and rendering it quickly. I'm on a large budget, so I have been leaning towards a Xeon build with dual CPUs, though I'm stuck between which Xeons to choose to get the power we need, but still keep the price.. reasonable - spending $2500 on the CPU(s) for one build is out of the question.

In addition to that, what is the difference between the LGA 1366 and LG 2011 sockets, in terms of speed, power, reliability and future-proofing, and don't be afraid to go technical on me.

Bonus points: In searching around, I haven't been able to find a reliable or highly rated dual socket board for this purpose, if anyone out there could recommend a mobo or a good dual xeon build which is working nicely. Since the data also needs to be rendered very quickly, the possibility of SLI/Crossfire between two dual-socket GPUs is also needed.

Thanks!
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Have you checked out this ASUS board?

2011 CPUs are faster than 1366 at the same clocks (IPC). (although you can OC the 1366 Xeons but not the 2011 ones). 2011 offers more PCI-E bandwidth.

I think these 2630 offer the best compromise.
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After sinking my teeth into a pile of research and reviews about the moard and CPU, the 2630 recommended by eXXon is probably what I'm going to go with. And though the ability to SLI together 4 graphics cards is something we might need, there seem to have been tons of problems with the Asus board, such as not being compatable with the GTX600 series graphics cards, not supporting Windows 8 (not an issue, we have a disk for 7 to use), also countless DoAs and board errors.

With Asus customer support being so notorious, is there a more reliable dual LGA2011 board?
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