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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 http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/57755-ghetto-build-log-edzels-video-editing-rig-upgrade/ 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:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007629%20600288062&IsNodeId=1&name=Dual%20LGA%202011
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