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Motherboard for Intel Xeon E5645

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Hello:
I've recently purchased and Intel hexa core E5645, and I'm having difficulty finding a compatible ATX motherboard; is there anything else out there beside the Asus P6T and P6T6 WS revolution. I'm assuming it'll work with these 2 boards, but I'm not 100% sure.

By the way, I want build an HTPC using the SilverStone CW02 case, and a VERY VERY QUIET PSU (still researching that one).

Thanks in advance for your advices and recommendations.


spx
post #2 of 6
I believe the Gigabyte and Asus boards will run it with a bios update. Some of the newer EVGA boards should also with a bios update. Typically, the manufactures will not list Xeon chips as being officially supported, but still do.
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Tx for the reply. This is harder than I thought, there are some many boards to choose from??? I'll keep looking.
Thx again.
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After a lot of pain, sweat and frustration, ... thanks to a default AR3F mb (Asus was good for the RMA), I finally got the rig up.
By the way, this was designed as a hybrid machine: good for gaming + media centre. Here's the skinny:
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Case : Silverstone CW02
Board : Asus Rampage III Formula
CPU : Intel Xeon E5645 (hex)
GPU : XFX HD6950 2GB
PSU : Corsair AX850
Cooling : Corsair H50 + 2 Zalman 92mm silent fan for the 2 HDD cages
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600Mhz (EXPENSIVE, BUT TOTALLY WORTHED)
*Boot disk : 2.5" 120GB Corsair SSD F120 (Gzus...this thing is "blazing fast")
*Application disk : 2.5" 600GB WD Raptor

Storage & media disks : COMING SOON
Pics : COMING SOON

*The 2.5" hard disk drives were chosen because using a Silverstone SST-SDP08, I was able to mount both of them into ONE 3.5 bay, leaving me with 5 drive bays for Storage.

Some other notes :
I've installed WinXP 64 and started to play with it a little bit, I got the CPU running 3Ghz @ 35-37C, plus some other minor tweakings, but that is as far as I'll go for now. I plan to reset everything and install Win 7 Ultimate sometimes this week and then really start to push the components.

SPX
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Originally Posted by le_sphinxx View Post
After a lot of pain, sweat and frustration, ... thanks to a default AR3F mb (Asus was good for the RMA), I finally got the rig up.
By the way, this was designed as a hybrid machine: good for gaming + media centre. Here's the skinny:
----------------------
Case : Silverstone CW02
Board : Asus Rampage III Formula
CPU : Intel Xeon E5645 (hex)
GPU : XFX HD6950 2GB
PSU : Corsair AX850
Cooling : Corsair H50 + 2 Zalman 92mm silent fan for the 2 HDD cages
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600Mhz (EXPENSIVE, BUT TOTALLY WORTHED)
*Boot disk : 2.5" 120GB Corsair SSD F120 (Gzus...this thing is "blazing fast")
*Application disk : 2.5" 600GB WD Raptor

Storage & media disks : COMING SOON
Pics : COMING SOON

*The 2.5" hard disk drives were chosen because using a Silverstone SST-SDP08, I was able to mount both of them into ONE 3.5 bay, leaving me with 5 drive bays for Storage.

Some other notes :
I've installed WinXP 64 and started to play with it a little bit, I got the CPU running 3Ghz @ 35-37C, plus some other minor tweakings, but that is as far as I'll go for now. I plan to reset everything and install Win 7 Ultimate sometimes this week and then really start to push the components.

SPX
Hey, Where and How much did you get the CW02? I'm hunting for that case myself. I can't find it lower than $300
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I'm a deal hunter myself and I had a hard time finding this case for under $375...and I've been looking for a long time, the price just never goes down. It feels like it was manufactured and marketed by Apple.
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