I have been thinking of building a "cheap" cluster/rendering computer
My plan is:
6 x CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0 GHz £88.00
6 x Motherboard: Asus M5A88-A £82.50
12 x Memory: 16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz £33.00
6 x Harddrive: Corsair SSD Nova Series 2 60GB £75.00
6x PSU: Fortron Source 250W £32.50
~ Total £344 x 6 = £2064 at todays prices
Been thinking of going for 8GB of mem as it saves me £198 and should be more the enough I belive?
For powersupply's I havent decided yet, been thinking of useing 6 x 250W powersupplys, but that is kind of boring imo and wont look that good
Sooooo, I have been thinking of 2x750W/800W PSU's and extendig the 24-pin connectors so that I have 3 motherboards on eatch power supply. I have search alitle and found a few that have been thinking about the same thing, but not much info and in this scale.
Im thinking these m-ATX motherboards cant really be that power hungry and I have no intention of doing any OC, and sins the CPU gets the power from a seperate 12V line, I would think 2 x 750W/800W PSU should be able to run them with a stable power? Anyone else tried this or in that same line?
Been thinking about the on-board graphic cards, maybe they will increase the power consumption even thou there shouldnt be much activity on them.
If not, the multi PSU solution actually save's me £2.20
Anyways, for a case im thinking something like this:
Quick draft of what im thinking with a 6 x PSU solution.
Its based on the reale measurments from an IKEA cabinet, the mobo and PSU's are also scaled.
BUT if I get to the conclusion that 2x750W will be able to run it, I may think about puting it in to a glass cabinet.....
Can it be done?
* Gonna look around and see if I cant get my hands on some old tech and put it to the test...