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    Default CPU/Motherboard Advice Needed

    Hi, I'm new here, so I'm not sure if this is really the place to ask this kind of question- but I really need some advice, so here it is.

    I'm buying a new computer. Well, not to say buying one, but building one. Right now I'm buying the components. I'll be using the computer for a lot of things, and most of them require a great deal of computer power (3DSMax/Maya, Photoshop, DV Work, etc.) - anyways, right now I'm looking at Dual Xeon processors, probably at 2.4Ghz each. I have the money to spend, so that's not an issue, but it occured to me the other day that I don't know all that much about Dual Processors. At first someone told me that with such, the system would run as if I simply had a 4.8Ghz chip, but I've come to learn this isn't quite true. I realize there's P4 chips up to 3.06Ghz right now, but I'm just not sure if that's fast enough for my needs (somewhat ludicrous sounding, I realize). I suppose my primary question right now is- what are the drawbacks of a dual processor system? Also, I know that Xeon motherboards tend to be quite large. Most I've seen are 12"x13"- the smallest so far being the ASUS PP-DLW, at 12"x9.8"- I'm looking for a good Xeon motherboard that can support preferably up to 2.8Ghz, is fairly small, has as few onboard components as possible (Audio, Video, RAID), and can be found in the $300-400 range. While I can get a case that supports 12"x13", the case I'd really like (the Lian-Li PC-6099) can only support motherboards up to 12"x9.6".

    Anyways, enough of my ramble. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    -Innominatus

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    Default Everyone has their favorites.

    I say forget the dual xeons. 8O
    Get one of the motherboards using the Intel 875P chip sets - - - - 800 mhz FSB. Add a couple of 120gig 7200 rpm drives in RAID 0, 4.0ghz P4, 1.5g RAM and awaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy we go!!!! :wink: Get involved in some of the more technical forums such as hppt://www.techimo.com (just one of many!!) and check out the motherboard websites for the best and fastest new stuff.
    http://usa.asus.com/index.htm
    http://www.hwextreme.com/
    http://www.msi.com.tw/index.htm
    http://www.motherboards.com/catalog/
    http://www.hardwarezone.com/home/index.hwz?s=

    And, be quick!! This stuff gets faster and fancier by the minute!!

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    Thanks a lot! Over at techIMO right now, and I'm looking into some motherboards. I appreciate the advice.