I'm building a mid range machine, based on the new sandy bridge components. My main goal for this machine is 3d graphics, photoshop work, and vfx using after effects and nuke. I have to transport this workstation a lot, so for this reason I've selected a micro atx motherboard. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
whats you price point? What kind of work are you looking to do on this?
tell me why your going SB over 1366 for a work station. Im not knocking your choice, I'm just curious.
P.S. you cant OC on that board
keep in mind all benchmarks are for games or not based on real everyday use scenarios. Intel themselves still says 1366 is the platform for production use and high end. I am aware SB beats most 1366 cpu's at stock. But once you overclock both as far as they will go the ghz advantage is less then 1.0 even between the 950 and 2600k. There is no comparison of SB to 1366 in pro apps. Just some food for though
if it were me and i were going with the 2600k i would get a p67 mobo for sure. I would then consider if i want the ability to eventually do SLI. BUT pro apps made by autodesk and adobe can not utilize SLI so the only reason you would be considering SLI is for extra gaming performance.
SO if you dont want gaming performance any mobo is good as long as it runs 1 video card in 16X. If you think you may want to boos game performance you should consider a mobo that does 16X 16X. although 8X 8X does not equal a huge performance drop if any you are limiting future upgrades since the GTX580 is already nearly maxing out 16X.
at this point i think the only SB mobo's that can do 16X 16X are the asus maximus III Extreme and the gigabit UD7. Neithor of these will fit in that case though (i think).
Quadro Vs Gaming cards (GTX)
Quadros DO improve performance in 3D apps and some adobe apps. Its noticeable in 3D apps. I went with a gaming card myself because I want to game some on my computer. Its far from the primary purpos but i think a gaming card will meet my needs. If it doesnt then i'll pick up a quadro later.
Basically if its meant to be a workstation get a quadro if its an everyday computer that will be a workstation sometimes go GTX. This is my opinion. Ill go into it more if you want me to. Just let me know
Look for low cas! cas is basically the most important factor as long as the other stats are reasonable. For workstation MORE RAM IS ALWAYS BETTER. quantity is more important then speed in a workstation. You dont always have to sacrifice speed for quantity but usually the more you get the slower it will run. I went for 12gb because I use after FX and some heavy 3d scenes but 8gb could be plenty if you have never run into ram issues before. But in a Duel channel platform like P67 your best choice is 4X4gb or 4X2gb
this is the equivalent to what im putting in my 1366 build (CAS 6) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but I highly recommend checking the QVL (qualified vendor list) for you mobo before buying ram. I checked with the ram manufacturer, the mobo manufacture and the qvl just to be sure.