I know "hardware compatibility" questions are typically closed as too localized, but hopefully there is some more general merit to these questions. If not, feel free to direct me elsewhere.
Background: A friend has given me an ASrock X58 Extreme mobo. I'd like to build a light-duty scientific computing box with it (I'm a math grad student), so I'm thinking Xeon, lots of RAM, and a reliable GPU for CUDA compute.
- It seems as though I can install any LGA1366 processor. Is this false? Do I have to worry about chipset compatibility? Specifically, I'm looking at a Xeon E5620 or W3565.
- From the manufacturer's website, they list the memory compatibility as: "Supports DDR3 2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333(OC)/1066." For maximum stability, should I stick with 1066 RAM, or can I safely install 1600? Crucial's memory advisor recommended a 4x4GB 1600MhZ kit, so I think I'm guessing I'm okay - will I have to do some BIOS configuration to get it to work correctly?