One physical i7-980x CPU versus two

radikulram

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Budget aside (I've got £6000/$9200 to spend) I want to build a new computer.

I hope to become a games developer (not designer) but I hope to make my own game while working for a company (I'll be doing everything for my own game, most likely make it with Java/C).

So I would like to know the benefit of having two CPU's over one.
Please don't neglect the benefits and only list disadvantages so I don't actually build a 2CPU system, chances are I wont do this but I just want to know the advantages out of curiosity.

I will be using photoshop/GIMP, but not at a military level ofcourse.

Specifically I would like to know the advantage of two 980X over one, I know one disadvantage is that some programs don't work if you have more than 16threads in your system.

Also will a 2 socket motherboard work with only one CPU installed? (So I can add another at a later date perhaps).

I'm not too sure on how to word this so ask me if you didn't understand something.
 

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Any good dual 2011 socket motherboards out atm? The SR3 is said to support 2011, but no idea when that comes out and if it'll only support xeons.