I do 3d animations, renderings, and a multitude of other multimedia projects.
I have done my homework on the 920 i7 and 955 BE, but i have not gotten the chance to test these components out first hand.
so, does anyone have any suggestions/opinions on which processor i should choose?
note: This computer WILL NOT be for gaming, this is strictly for animation and rendering.
I'm not an expert, but if money is not a problem I'd say the 920 will be a win for you.
Try tom's CPU charts, for example the 3ds max one which shows a 12% advantage for the i7 over the phenomII at stock. I like AMD, but I'll have to recommend intel for this sort of stuff until maybe the hexacores come out.