high end rendering station for animation and 3d graphics

I need to build my wife a rendering station and would like to know if there is a benefit to running a dual cpu board to an i7 board and which cpus are the best for this. thanks
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  1. I would get an i7 4770k and just yeah swag it out. You could also go like this It is for video editing but in video editing you still need to render and like you said your wife does animation so yeah
  2. To be clear: the i7 doesn't support dual CPUs, you have to go to the Xeon processors for that. I think you know that, but just to be sure.

    Yes, there is a significant advantage to dual CPUs if you really need the horsepower.

    As far as I know, the fastest dual CPU setup (not counting the exotic or custom) is dual E5-2687W-v2 processors. About twice as fast as a single i7-4960x. Note that those processors are about $2k EACH. Expect the motherboard to be north of $500 too.
  3. Yeah I knew about the dual cpu thing. So wire, I would recommend getting a nice build with the 4770k or an extreme proccesor. could you tell us if you have a budget
  4. The budget is not an issue. Yes I am aware that i7 has not gotten a dual setup.
  5. going with the dual setup; is the asus board the way to go?
  6. Yeah I would say. Any way here is a build I would recommend
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($795.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($484.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($250.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($529.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($735.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($183.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $3560.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-15 20:58 EST-0500)
  7. Yeah, if you want to go with dual Xeons, then I think the 1st board that I'd look at is the Asus Z9PE-D8 WS.

    Supermicro has a long history with server boards - worth checking to see what they have too. Other than that, I'm not sure who else makes a board to support what you need, Intel probably, EVGA maybe?

    Of course, you are going to have to stuff it with some crazy fast memory...
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    Here is a newegg link to potential motherboards. More choices than I expected really:
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