I am planing a new system which I will begin building in early May. I was considering dual opteron's. 2 x dual core 285s = 4 cores.
What is the best (read, most reliable as well as fastest) motherboard for these processors?
Secondly, is this configuration the best choice for what I am trying to do. That being, photoshop, premiere pro along with heavy use of speech recognition (Dragon Naturally Speeking)? If not, any suggestions would be appreciated.
well the only one that is horrible on a system is premier pro... and you can never toss enough power at it. If your looking at waiting until may you might want to wait for socket AM2 being as video is really bandwidth hungry from what I've seen. I'd look in the adobe forums for info about ideal systems for what you intend on doing with it.
I like that nobody has suggested any boards in the previous posts. From what i have heard, one of the brands you should be looking at is Tyan. They make server boards with dual sockets for opterons. I dont know about performance or anything, but now that you know a make, you can do more research. Hope this helps a bit.
I just googled "SSI EEB cases" and it came up with quite a few of them. That i believe is a form that is only really taken on by servers so i would assume that the cases will have a decent amount of drive bays. Good Luck man, its going to be a hell of a system.
O yeah, and your comment about the socket F, its most likely going to cost quite a bit more than the 285's on release and them coming out will most likely drop the price of the 285's a bit. But with the specs that you are looking at, its going to be a killer system regardless.