cost prohibits server grade hardware for the intended use and the more I dig the more problems I run into from others exp with virtualization and also getting vt-d pass through working on consumer grade hardware.
I am assuming that 2 pci express 3.0 [ dual at 8X ] will not present any bottle necks when populated with the hd video card and the lsi card for the intended use.
what I need is a intel based mobo that can use the 1st pci express x16 slot for hd video from the card with hd audio through hdmi,
use the 2nd pci express x16 slot for the lsi card, or use the X4 slot if no forseen problems,
pci express x1 slot for the tuner card,
has an intel onboard lan 10/100/1000
1155 chipset for the g860 and latter upgrade to the guad core with HT E-1230 V2 processor,
8 gb DDr3 1600 MHz memory, can add more if needed,
maybe this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121640
having the ability to use VT-d pass through and virtualization is not a must have,
having usb 3.0, esata, 1394 and dual lan is added bonus, not a requirement