Multiple Processor or Multiple Boxes - Render Server Solution

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
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Any and all suggestions, links, feedback or specs are more than welcome.
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  1. 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:

    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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