Your thoughts: Essential factors motherboard choice?

Hi forum,

I am trying to build a new super powerful PC:

- Motherboard: ASUS P9X79PRO
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
- SSD: Intel 520 Series 180/240 GB
- RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

I don't play games at all and I don't edit video clips or do any graphics processing at all. So, I really don't want to spend much money on the Graphic Card. Therefore, I will get any Cheap Graphic Card.

What do you think about my Motherboard choice? Please tell me your honest opinion?

I like ASUS P9X79PRO because of two major factors, and they are as follows:

1) Maximum Memory: 64 ​GB.
2) 8-DIMM Design. I need this feature so bad because soon I will upgrade my RAM to 64 GB.

I hate about ASUS P9X79PRO that it doesn't have Onboard video chipset.

I have seen some Intel Motherboard that support up to 64 ​GB, But the problem is that they all are 4-DIMM Design, and frankly I couldn't find 32GB (2 x 16GB) RAM DDR3 1600.

So, What do you think about my Motherboard choice and my dream machine in general?

In case you have other ideas, Please share them with me.

I would greatly and sincerely appreciate your thoughts and suggestions !
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More about your thoughts essential factors motherboard choice
  1. I just have one question: why 64GB RAM?
  2. I am working with Virtual machines (2 VMs on the same box), SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 which eat SO MUCH RAM and need REALLY super powerful CPU.

    Sadly, This is why I do need RAM and CPU.
  3. In that case wouldn't an APU like the A8 be better? I'm assuming the extra cores would work better on those applications but I could be wrong
  4. I think that's an okay motherboard, but I would recommend a better one for you.
    I recommend the Asus P9X79 WS.

    It has Dual Intel Gigabit LAN which has great performance for your system and better support for diverse operating systems and the board is overall just better for your workstation needs.
  5. @Grass Peer

    Thanks for your suggestion. I thought about Asus P9X79 WS actually, and I did (

    I hate the fact that Asus P9X79 WS has PS/2 Connectors and USB 3.0 Ports lesser than PRO.

    But, you absolutely made a valid point about the capability of dual Intel Gigabit LAN.
  6. not only that but the limitations of the ws compared to the pro version are far less. for example, the mere fact that you can use Xeon cpus in the ws version as well as the 2011 i7's are enough to make me strongly suggest that you go with the ws board...

    Since the links im trying to put up arent working correctly you can go to, select support from the services tab, select download, then type p9x79 ws in the search box, click search, select the p9x79 ws, and click on the tab that says cpu support. spoiler is below...

    The following table shows the supported CPUs for this motherboard

    Core i7-3820 (3.6G,L3:10M,6C,HT,rev.M1)

    Core i7-3930K (3.2G,L3:12M,6C,HT,rev.C1)

    Core i7-3930K (3.2G,L3:12M,6C,HT,rev.C2)

    Core i7-3960X (3.3G,L3:15M,6C,HT,rev.C1)

    Core i7-3960X (3.3G,L3:15M,6C,HT,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-1603 (2.8G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-1607 (3.0G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-1620 (3.6G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-1650 (3.2G,L3:12M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-1660 (3.3G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2603 (1.8G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-2609 (2.4G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-2620 (2.0G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2630 (2.3G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2630L (2.0G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2637 (3.0G,L3:5M,2C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-2640 (2.5G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2643 (3.3G,L3:10M,4C,rev.M1)

    Intel Xeon E5-2650 (2.0G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2650L (1.8G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2660 (2.2G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2665 (2.4G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2667 (2.9G,L3:15M,6C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2670 (2.6G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2680 (2.7G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2687W (3.1G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)

    Intel Xeon E5-2690 (2.9G,L3:20M,8C,rev.C2)
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