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I want to run a dual Xeon E5-2670 setup for my personal machine. I can't decide between the right motherboard for the system. My goal is too get as much processing power as possible for the lowest amount of money.

I'm considering:

  1. Asrock Rack EP2C602 - but this is pricey
  2. SuperMicro X9DRT-P LGA 2011/Dual Socket R - crazy form factor, not sure how to put it in a case
  3. ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 - Super Cheap, which is scary

Advice?

  • I love this idea, and have wanted to do this for a long time. Do all 3 of these motherboards have enough sata and pci-e slots? I think thats the biggest question. Also, Case/Space is more than likely going to be an issue, but I'm sure you've already got a solution in mind for that. I remember watching a linus tech tips video about this, he ended up buying an old server motherboard. It worked great. – BigElittles Sep 22 '16 at 17:42
  • Well the SuperMicro board has two pci express slots, but that will work, and plenty of Sata. It doesn't have USB 3.0 which is a downside. The biggest problem is that I do not have a Case solution for it in mind, its a weird form factor. However, I can get it for $80. – Joseph Sep 22 '16 at 20:15
  • The Asrock Rack doesn't seem to have USB 3.0 either, but, it has more of everything else. It seems to get great reviews - but its $300 + – Joseph Sep 22 '16 at 20:26
  • Consider the cost of building a DIY case out of wood, even if the DIY is just an under desk mount. Get creative with the case, under desk, wall mount, plexiglass, wood etc etc. It doesn't have to be fancy, just functional. Keep dust away, provide air flow. These mobos, do they have a form factor standard you can search for cases on? – BigElittles Sep 22 '16 at 20:32
  • I think it came out of some kind of rack mount enclosure. I'm looking over its specs and it looks good, but, I haven't built anything with a rack mount board before. – Joseph Sep 22 '16 at 20:48