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Old 12-16-2009, 06:34 PM
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Default Server motherboard for a gaming pc?

I've been thinking about getting a new pc, and we all know that most new motherboards have more room for upgrades.
I can fit 4 blocks of ram, and one cpu in most of the standard motherboards.
But its double so much when it comes to the serverboards.

So, anyone with experience on running a gaming machine on a serverboard, and what motherboard would you recomend?

asus z8pe-d12 could be an option, but i'm not a pr0 when it comes to this.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:44 PM
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Keep in mind you'll have to run a server OS. Keep in mind server peripherals, hardware and software costs about a bazillion dollars. Keep in mind, the performance to price ratio is not as good as compared to personal computers. Keep in mind the mobo will be huge and you'll have to buy a huge (probably expensive too) case. Keep in mind all that huge hardware will make a shit-ton of noise.

If money/space/noise is not a big deal, go for it. You'll have a huge e-peen. However, most people, like myself, will think you are a numb nut for throwing away thousands of dollars to get 6 more FPS.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:48 PM
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Default Re: Server motherboard for a gaming pc?

Thank you.

I was actually going to use it for gaming during the day, and server at night.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:59 PM
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Thank you.

I was actually going to use it for gaming during the day, and server at night.
No problem, someone might be able to chime in with more detailed info because there's a lot of huge nerds on this site.

But when I ordered stuff at work for our server, it was like hundreds of dollars to buy ECC RAM, the server wouldn't even boot without ECC RAM.

What does your server serve? If it's just movies or something, set up a nice little NAS box. I have a paltry i7 920, 6 gigs of tri-channel, a nVidia GTX 260 and some cheap WD Caviar black HDD and I run circles around today's "hottest" games.
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But when I ordered stuff at work for our server, it was like hundreds of dollars to buy ECC RAM, the server wouldn't even boot without ECC RAM.
I'm not sure, but i don't think that all serverboards needs ECC ram to run.

What kinda errors would you risk getting without it?

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What does your server serve? If it's just movies or something, set up a nice little NAS box. I have a paltry i7 920, 6 gigs of tri-channel, a nVidia GTX 260 and some cheap WD Caviar black HDD and I run circles around today's "hottest" games.
Was going to run a daoc freeshard server.
It doesn't take much really, i did it on my other pc.

But i really want to max out everything so it will still be able to take on games of the future.

And with 42 gigs of ram, 2 x 3.3 ghz cpu's, and ofcourse crossfire which goes up to 8gig i think it is.
It would be the machine of dh00m.
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:17 PM
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I'm not sure, but i don't think that all serverboards needs ECC ram to run.
Then it's not a server board, it's just a dual proc home user mobo. ECC is error-checking and error correction, ensures no system faults via memory errors. Servers are made to have optimum uptime and would employ ECC especially in enterprise situations.

At least that's how I understand it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:52 AM
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Default Re: Server motherboard for a gaming pc?

You want a maxxed out box? Here is the best I can do:

1 x Tyan nForce Pro 3600 Dual Socket F motherboard (~$500 various retailers)
2 x Opteron 2435 6 x 2.6 GHz Istanbul
8 x Kingston 2 x 4 GB DDR2 ECC RAM
2 x [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...814130505]EVGA 295GTX 1792 MB[/url]
4 x Hitachi UltraStar 300 GB 15,000 RPM SAS
1 x OCZ 1000W PSU
1 x Antec Three Hundred case

Total cost is just under $8K.

That will get you a machine with 12 cores, 64 GB of RAM, 4 GPU's, and very fast storage.

Mainstream machines should catch-up with it in about 5 years.

The areas where it is weak are in the speed of each core and memory bandwidth. AMD is releasing a new socket and the Bulldozer architecture next year that should fix the problems.

If you wanted to spend significantly less than $8K, you can find nForce Pro 3600 dual socket F boards for $200. I've seen second hand quad core Barcelonas going pretty cheap on Craigslist, or you could go with two faster dual cores.

Using SAS drives is not necessary (but they're fucking cool.) You can use plain SATA hard drives.

Memory-- you just need to check compatibility instructions for your board.

Power supplies-- you don't need anything too funky. Just have to make sure you have the right connectors.
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Default Re: Server motherboard for a gaming pc?

And buy one of those major raid cards that can do/huff raid for like 10 hdds. The card itself costs ~$1k

But as for 42gb ram, is there really any point? I've 12 and see no improvement over 4. Tomshardware did a thing a while back on 3 vs 6 vs 12 gb i think and it showed no difference. The only reason I got 12 was I could get 12 for about £20 more than 6gb. Amazon idiots ftw!
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Default Re: Server motherboard for a gaming pc?

A) Don't be stupid.
B) Server boards are optimized for running server applications.
C) 12Gb RAM, 2X Processors = Jackshit when it comes to gaming.

Keep it simple and go for a performance motherboard built for gaming.

Hint: Read tomshardware gaming guides. If you want to spend tons of money better go for ATI 5970 [Crossfire] and i7 series processors.

EVGA P55 Motherboard or better and some SSD's.

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