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For Particle Simulations, I considered upgrading my desktop PC. I would be willing to invest into 64GB of RAM, but as I have checked, all desktop motherboards have maximum memory limits of 32GB.

What options do I have, please, if I wish to build cost effective desktop solution with 64+GB of RAM?

I understand, that I can not request to advice particular products recommendation, but I ask for an advice in general: what kind of technology to go for, is there anything available on market? Do I need to move to server solutions, or are there desktop solutions for me too?

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This looks like a shopping recommendation question. Such questions are off topic here; see the FAQ for details. See also this blog post. –  DragonLord May 20 '12 at 0:50
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@DragonLord, hi Dragon. Not at all. You do not have to recommend me any particular products. I wish to know to advise a way, or a technology in general, I should look for. So again, not particular product, but a general advice on what kind of technology to look for. –  Bunkai.Satori May 20 '12 at 0:52
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@Bunkai.Satori Build a workstation, not a consumer-grade desktop. –  iglvzx May 20 '12 at 0:55
    
@iglvzx: hi. Yeah, I considered that already, but then I am getting to the price level of 3.000+ EUR investment. I hoped there is cheaper way to go. –  Bunkai.Satori May 20 '12 at 0:57
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No, not really. You get what you pay for. We sell this sort of level of hardware as servers, and the price point is right. –  user3463 May 20 '12 at 1:17

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You should consider server motherboards like these. Server motherboards can support a lot more RAM, though that RAM will be ECC and, as a result, will be much more expensive than ordinary RAM. Also, you're likely to see very sharp price spikes towards largest-RAM sticks compared to smaller ones.

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Was your answer truncated, and is it formatted properly? –  DragonLord May 20 '12 at 1:50
    
it's ok, just too short –  jet May 20 '12 at 1:53
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@jet: Hi Jet + 1 and thank you for you answer. What kinds of motherboards are those? Are they server motherboards, or workstation onses? I see, some of them have capacity of almos 200 GB. They are mostly 2 CPUs motherboards, which can add additional performance to the computations. Did you pick newegg.com just randomly, or is is exceptional place to buy HW from, for some reason? –  Bunkai.Satori May 20 '12 at 2:16
    
These are server MB hence dual CPUs. NewEgg is one of my favourite, picked it up because of nice pictures of the products and lots user's reviews, you can see –  jet May 20 '12 at 2:20
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