Hi, I work in video editing, and last year, I decided to build my own server computer. I didn't want to but a custom made one because I didn't have the money so I thought buying all the hardware separately would cost less, and it did. Except the motherboard I had didn't really work well and I couldn't harness the complete potential of my hardware. I bought 4 Intel Xeon Processor E5420 (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=33927) Now I got rid of my old faulty Tyan motherboard. I need to find a motherboard that's compatible with this processor of mine. I've been trying to do some research but I've been unable to find one that meets my specifications like the Tyan one did. So if someone could help, I need the motherboard to not only be house two of those Intel Processors, but the motherboard needs to have 8 DIMMs because I'm using a total of 16gb of fully-buffered ram (FBDIMM), needs to have PCIe x16 Gen, an eSATA port, firewire and RAID capability.
I would really appreciate any input or help anyone could provide me. Thank you.
Oh, I get it now. Alright. One last question, can the PCI Express 2.0 x16 be bought separately to attach to a different motherboard?
PCI express slots are the same thing as PCIe and they are the physical slots, so you really can't just buy one and add it (i suppose you could if you had a motherboard with just the slot missing, but this is not the case)