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.
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.
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.