I am currently looking for a motherboard that will support the Xeon E5504 Nehalem Server processor as well as Core i7 CPUs (for later upgrading purposes) and has multiple PCI-E x16 slots so that I can have SLI'd video cards later on as I will use this machine primarily for gaming. One Mobo I found that fits this criteria is the C7X58 ( http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Core/X58... ). If you have any suggestions for a better Mobo that fits this criteria it would be welcomed.
If you are looking at motherboads with the Intel X58 chipset and that configuration then you really ought not to be looking at Intel Xeon processors.
Basically: It's not really a Uniprocessor server if it lacks Buffered and/or ECC memory.
If you want to build a Xeon, then build a dual socket one on a real server EPS or server/workstation ATX/EPS motherboard.
That board only accepts "Un-Buffered DIMM", not Registered DIMMs, although it does take ECC which is nice.
The "Intel® X58 Express Chipset" is not a server chipset.
You have not specified "Intel® x4" memory, or IBM ChipKill(tm) x4 memory, so it is quite clear you would only get the most basic ECC if you did indeed even get ECC memory. --- Therefore I wouldn't put it into the 'workstation' class either.
Plus the motherboard is only the 12" x 10" (30.5cm x 25.4cm) ATX Form Factor.
If you want a real server/workstation hybrid:
- Read up on: Intel® x4, IBM ChipKill(tm) x4, x4 ECC, ATX Workstation Form Factor, EPS12V systems (more), and so on.
- Do not use the X58 Express with a Xeon, that is just sad.
Also, this isn't going to be a workstation/server PC, its going to be used mainly for gaming. The reason that im using a server CPU is because I got it for free and wanted to use it instead of buying a new CPU.