Need Advice on Picking a Motherboard

Hi all,

I am currently building a PC and am looking for suggestions as to which motherboard best fits my needs.
My Build:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-042-_-Product

ZOTAC Synergy Edition ZT-40401-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500168&cm_re=zotac_gtx_460-_-14-500-168-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018&cm_re=ocz_modxstream_pro-_-17-341-018-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145278&cm_re=corsair_ddr3-1333-_-20-145-278-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Intel Xeon E5504 Nehalem 2.0GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117187&cm_re=e5504-_-19-117-187-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

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/C7X58.cfm ). If you have any suggestions for a better Mobo that fits this criteria it would be welcomed.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Are Tyan still around?
  2. 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.
  3. Thanks for all the replies, however I am rather confused. The CPU I have is a server CPU with an LGA 1366 socket. Since it is LGA 1366 does that mean it will be compatible with all Mobos that utilise the LGA 1366 socket (IE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163 ) or will that CPU only work with Mobos that say they are compatible with Xeon Nehalem processors (IE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131357 or http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Core2Duo/X58/C7X58.cfm )
  4. 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.
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