How to Choose a Motherboard?
1, Intel 3930K hex core CPU;
2, 2 x PCI-e x16 slots both running at x16 speed - graphics cards, recycled from the old PC, will be ATI Crossfires and will take up two slots each.
3, Need to cram in an already bought PCI-e RAID card, although I'm up for changing this if I can afford a RAID5 card - this one only does 0/1/10 - is RAID5 the best BTW?
4, RAM - lots of it, and then some more please.
5, Wireless - on motherboard would be nice, if not I need to squeeze one of these cars in as well.
6. RAID on motherboard for RAID10-ing of boot disk.
6, Price - sensible, more Ford Mundane-oh than Aston Martin.
This beastie will be used for 3D CAD, finite element analysis and the like, the ability to do anything else is secondary. Gaming is confined to flight simulators - cue that sketch from the "Fast Show" or whatever it was with Colin whats-his-name....
I already have all the hard disks I need (7 x Western Digital Caviar Black 1 terabyte SATA-3 units - 1 boot, 4 in RAID10 array, 1 for backups in removable caddy, 1 spare with the intention of RAID-ing the boot disk as well.