I am building my first "from scratch" system and need some advice. This system is going to be used specifically as a rendering server for models we are building in 3DS Max. We will not be creating the files on this system, or using it as a workstation. Sole purpose is rendering station.
The idea here is a good combination of speed, reliability and value. Want to keep the total build under $2,000. This is what I was thinking, and I will now open it up for comments! Many thanks! --Sean
ASUS Z8NA-D6 (ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500
2 x Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz
Kingston 6GB (3 x 2GB)
XFX GS250XZDFL GeForce GTS 250 Core Edition 1GB
2 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB
Without drives, each Render Node is $610-620. 2 of these Render Nodes is much faster than a single dual-Xeon 2.26GHz. If you don't want a rack setup, then the Mini Tower will work better and be cheaper since the cheapest rack is about $200.
I have since decided this system will need to be used as a workstation too. Eventually, it may be the hub for a small render farm, so I will keep your suggestions in mind for that.
Thanks very much for your advice. Just posted another thread, as two of my friends have recommended a couple of different configurations, one at $2000, and the other at about $1600. Curious to know what you think about the combos.