Thanks, Bruce. What other motherboards have you found that can accept 32 gigs of RAM? All I've found are server boards.
Tyan Tempest i5100X (S5375)
Tyan Tempest i5100W (S5376)
Tyan Tempest i5400PL (S5393)
Tyan Tempest i5400XT (S5396) (Appears to be popular among NewEgg users.)
I look for number and variety of slots, overall bandwidth of slots (e.g., number of x8 or x16 slots) required peripheral ports, number and type of disk interface ports (e.g., SATA and/or SAS), type of memory slots (e.g, ECC or not) and the relative cost of that type of memory, etc. rather than whether the board is labeled as a "server" board or as a "workstation" board. The server boards are designed around Intel's highest-performance "Xeon" processor family.
If you prefer a single-processor "workstation" or "gaming" board, see the following article for tests and comparisons between Gigabyte, ASUS, and MSI:http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1368/1/gi...oard/index.html
I suggest that you look through the dual-quad motherboards on NewEgg and read the reviews.
It appears that NewEgg will take back Supermicro boards within certain timeframes if you are not satisfied, but will not do so with Tyan?