Im ready to build with an E8500...
Motherboard budget: lets say $150-200 ...I use this to make a living, so I could go a little higher...
The use of the build will be: Photoshop workstation for digital photos from Canon 1Ds cameras.
I NEED A LOT OF ESATA DRIVES!
Besides the boot drive, I have image libraries on 3 drives for my long-term clients. In addition, there is also a small SATA raptor that I use for a dedicated Photoshop scratch drive. 5 drives! ...and I burn to DVD+R and CD-R, sometimes at the same time when I finish an assignment.
In addition, Im considering changing my external drive that I use with my laptop to eSATA (from USB) for faster transfers. Therefore, 2 x eSATA would be very nice! 1xeSATA might suffice, but I like the idea of having two...
Therefore, Im looking for the motherboard with 8xSATA (probably 6 is realistic, huh?), 2xeSATA, PCIe x 16 version 2 ...I do NOT need sound lol - I just look at the pictures lolo. Firewire not really needed, but ok if present. No Raid needed. Is there a motherboard selector somewhere? I will use an affordable video board such as a GeForce 9500 GT. I only use one video board, Im not a gamer - this is my bread and butter workstation for making a living with photoggraphy
eSATA and PCIe x 16 *ver 2.0* would be nice, but optional. Is SLI important to a still photographer? ...doesnt seem like it, but I dunno...
...makin' lots of pictures ...lots of SATA drives!!! - my workstation is part fileserver lolo
This is a great board, supports the new DDR3 RAM...The reapers are sweet, and your choice for the E8500 = a top notch PC
Reply to aford10
January 17, 2009 4:09:44 AM
Wow! Two votes for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R ! It comes with "2 oz copper PCB + Easy Tune 6 for OC" - Easy Tune from Newegg - looks great. It has what i am looking for! THANK YOU, MOTHERBOARD BOARD GURU'S !!!
Question: Newegg says that GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R is: "DDR2" - so how can it take DDR3 ?
What is this: 2 oz copper PCB? Heavy circuit board that is more stable? ...Im learning alot these past two days - up until late and reading everything is sight ...took a trip to Fry's today and actually understood what the motherboard guy was saying lol