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Basically, what is the better path to take?

i7 980x 6 Core or dual Xeon W3550 Quads? Is there any reason I shouldn't get two more physical cores?
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If you're going to be using programs that utilize the extra cores , I say go for it.
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On newegg the W3550's are $314. So for about $400 less, I get two more cores. I guess it just seems too good to be true.
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Only problem is that you need a dual-socket server board. Not sure how much those cost exactly, but I'm sure it's more than a regular 1366 board.

If you don't mind be asking, what types of applications are you trying to run?
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After Effects, Final Cut/Premiere... I'll be doing video work on it.

Of course, I'll also be gaming.
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Oh ok. In that case it might be justifiable if you can find an affordable server board.
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I always check the instruction set of the cpu and compare it to all the software of the system.

Dual chips systems are nice, but the performance is going to be about the same as 1-980x.

The dual chip xeon system can encode about 200fps, my 980x can do about 240fps.

Remember nice motherboard and nice memory so everything plays well.

But for the price you can not beat the dual chip system.
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post #8 of 10
2 w3550 + evga SR-2
you'll make hellscream happy by getting it
Edited by mr. biggums - 2/9/11 at 10:42pm
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pretty sure SR-2 only runs 55xx/56xx xeons
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Originally Posted by koven View Post
pretty sure SR-2 only runs 55xx/56xx xeons
and so they do just checked the support list, that's rather silly of evga.
looks like E5630+sr2 would be the cheapest route assuming he wanted to go the sr2 route.
Edited by mr. biggums - 2/9/11 at 10:54pm
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