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Multiple Processor or Multiple Boxes - Render Server Solution

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November 22, 2011 2:33:14 PM

Right now we are using AutoDesk Entertainment Suite and have a need for a render solution.

With 2 of us doing the modeling, lip-syncing and animation up until now the solution for rendering was to have 6 office computers (HPz800 Workstations) render at night using BackBurner.

We have hit a limit and are now looking at the options for rending solutions in house.

I am sure there are a few people much more experienced with this than i am.....

What would be the best investment and best performance for a render solution :

- 1 server loaded down with CPUs for rendering

// OR //

- Buy a few (5) gaming PCs (just the box) and setup a render farm
- - http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Eight_Core_Confi...


Any and all suggestions, links, feedback or specs are more than welcome.
November 22, 2011 2:37:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: 4,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Studio Max Rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: Any suggestions on the most bang for the buck for a render solution.
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