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Hey guys. I am a gamer and am pretty well steeped in overclocking, but I also run 3d applications and need all the processing power I can get. Is there a mainboard out there that will support me if I decide to go with 2 quad-cores (dual cpus) and still allow me to add my 8800-GTS video card to the mix?

I currently run the ASUS p5n-e with great results, but I need to get as many threads as I can running for my 3D applications, and since the Q6600 just came down, it seems like a pretty good idea. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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prolly a workstation board
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The only boards that are dual-cpu are also a different socket, and use different RAM, so you'd need to spend a lot of money, upwards of two thousand dollars for a sizable amount of RAM, a good mainboard, and two quad-core Xeon processors. If you've got the money, get the dual-cpu solution, and check out this site. Otherwise, just get a Q6600.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131173

Had a quick look around and thought this one could fit your needs.
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post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by whe3ls View Post
You were a little quicker than me...

Dual-Xeon Quads with the Tyan board are the cheapest you'll find at $948
The Tyan takes DDR2 (667) RAM (Up to 6 sticks.)

But the cheap board has only 1 PCI-e slot and 1 PCI slot...

Check the links Whe3ls put on for other options...
    
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Remember though that the DDR2 667 that goes in those boards can't be just regular old RAM. It's gotta be these FB-DIMM's, because of some stupid chipset limitation. Here's a list of the compatible RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...n+DDR2+FB-DIMM
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post #8 of 13
IF you want till end of the year, you can use Phenom FX processors in a 4x4 setup. If you want high-end, it support two quad-cores, normal DDR2, and mulitple video cards.

ANother note... If you are running XP, you need to get at least XP Pro. If you are running Vista, you need Vista Business or Ultimate. The lower end version only support one physical processor.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131146

This one would support SLI, dual quad cores once Phenom comes out, and uses normal RAM.
    
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*cringe* the word "Clovertown" makes my wallet all nervous.
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