I7 or xeon? which is better in Renderfarm?

I bought a workstation in 2011 with the following specifications:

Intel Xeon E5645
24G ECC
which is the same as what is being used by the two biggest renderfarms in the industry:
foxrenderfarm
rebusfarm

I spoke with my my firends, and they told me xeon is more stable than i7.
now i want to bought some new workstations. but xeon is much too expensive so I have to think about this.

What is your opinion? Thanks in advance.
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  1. bigboy125 said:
    I bought my workstation in 2011
    Intel Xeon E5645
    24G ECC
    in this Industry, two big web renderfarm use xeon e5645:
    http://www.****/about/12-0-About-Us.html
    http://www.rebusfarm.net/

    i exchange with my friends,they think xeon is more stable then i7.

    now i want to bought some new workstations.
    xeon is much too expensive

    what do you think about this?

    xeon cpu's are 4 servers... if you have the right socket why not? what are you currently running?
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