I am new to this forum and to workstation class computers, and need to ask what you may think is a stupid question.
In order to future-proof and allow for upgrades, I was thinking of building a machine that can take two opteron dual core processors, two graphics cards (SLI), and SATA II hard drives in a RAID array. A couple of motherboards that seem to fit the bill are:
For economic reasons I only intend to buy one processor, one graphics card and one hard drive to begin with, and I will see how things go with the 3D Landscape Visualisation and Photoshop tasks I am building the machine for.
However, (this is the stupid question) I do not know if you can operate the motherboards with only one processor in place. I think I am right in saying that there is no problem in using only one graphics card.
Any advice or even a simple Yes/No answer would be greatly appreciated.
Latest workstation: Lian li PC-A05B, KN3-SLi, 4400 Brisbane, Freezer 64 Pro, 2 gigs Super-Talent T800UX2GC4, 36 raptor system drive, Caviar RE 320 storage drive, Hiper 580, Ati 1300 Pro, running Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Symantec 10.2.224