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July 24, 2011 7:40:41 AM

Hey all. I have decided to upgrade to a new, better motherboard that will be the basis for my 3D animation and video/effects compositing work. My main requirements are capacity for at least 24gb ram, at least 2 sata 6gb/s ports (more would be better), capacity for 6 core i7 processor (I have a quad core i7 right now) and that supports multiple GPU's. Goes without saying that USB 3 is important also. If there is anyone else who has recently built a similar rig to myne it would be great to hear from you. I have looked at several mobo's online that look awesome but are expensive and seem to mainly be aimed at gamers with overclocking features that would be wasted to me. I am willing to pay good money if the mobo sounds right. Thanks in advance.

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July 24, 2011 8:48:00 AM

The only way to get 24GB (6 x 4GB) and 6 core CPU is to get an X58 motherboard (LGA1366). That cuts down the list of motherboards to look at, but not by all that much - ASUS alone lists 20 different models of X58 motherboard. More than a few offer USB3 and SATA III. Something like the P6X58D-E might suit you.
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July 24, 2011 8:58:17 AM

thx wintermit, im new to this...anyway, hope this makes more sense:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range:$100 - $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D animation (3ds max) and design. animation and video editing. compositing. web surfing. games.

Parts Not Required: everything except for the motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: interested in ASUS MBs as I have been happy with them in past

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Really just looking for a motherboard geared toward 3D animation and film editing!
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July 24, 2011 9:09:58 AM

Thanks, CompulsiveBuilder. Funnily enough, the ASUS P6X58D-E was the exact model I was just looking at. Looks like it can do everything I need, plus heaps cheaper than the hardcore gamers MB's too! Unless someone can recommend a better one for my kind of work (im always looking ahead to further technologies) then I think we have a winner.
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July 24, 2011 5:11:00 PM

If I had the money, this is what I would build for a graphics workstation.

ASUS P8B WS LGA 1155 Intel C206 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server/Workstation Motherboard -- $229.99
Intel Xeon E3-1275 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80623E31275 -- $349.99
Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model CT51272BA1339 -- (4) $235.96
ATI 100-505552 FirePro V3750 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card -- $128.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply -- $179.99 -$10.00 Instant
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $89.99

All of which totals out to $1204.91 at newegg. I skimp on the graphics card to keep the costs down to a reasonable level, while still building with professional grade workstation components.
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August 3, 2011 11:31:13 AM

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