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Hi

during the summer I want to build a rendering server

(cpu intensive rendering)

and  I was wondering if anyone knew of a 4 socket mobo and 1 Xeon cpu to fit it for under £250 (don't need to worry about anything else) with my plan being to add multiple Xeons later. 

Also what OS should I use

manny thanks

Biddls

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Unless you really have a workload that needs to be processed as a a single job, then 4 socket servers have always tended to be really shit value for money.

 

If you can break the workloads up into multiple smaller jobs then running a farm of 2 or more 2 socket servers is very likely to be both more cost effective and also faster - this is especially true if you can break down to lots of small jobs and run on desktop class CPU's ... price/performance is much better.

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19 minutes ago, Biddls said:

Hi

during the summer I want to build a rendering server

(cpu intensive rendering)

and  I was wondering if anyone knew of a 4 socket mobo and 1 Xeon cpu to fit it for under £250 (don't need to worry about anything else) with my plan being to add multiple Xeons later. 

Also what OS should I use

manny thanks

Biddls

4 socket server board + a cpu, good luck!

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19 minutes ago, Biddls said:

Hi

during the summer I want to build a rendering server

(cpu intensive rendering)

and  I was wondering if anyone knew of a 4 socket mobo and 1 Xeon cpu to fit it for under £250 (don't need to worry about anything else) with my plan being to add multiple Xeons later. 

Also what OS should I use

manny thanks

Biddls

Maybe buying a used server from craiglist that is working or something like that, remember severs are loud

 

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20 minutes ago, Biddls said:

Hi

during the summer I want to build a rendering server

(cpu intensive rendering)

and  I was wondering if anyone knew of a 4 socket mobo and 1 Xeon cpu to fit it for under £250 (don't need to worry about anything else) with my plan being to add multiple Xeons later. 

Also what OS should I use

manny thanks

Biddls

 
 

quad socket motherboards aren't good value for money and definitely not under £250 get some lga 1366 xeons I'm using some mid-range 5620s and get similar cinebench scores to a 6700. the cpu's were £7 each and the mobo was £70

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get either

LGA1366 and some 6c/12t xeons

LGA2011 (dual CPU boards are available on amazon) and a 2670 (8c/16t)

Some used rack server with one of the above

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8 hours ago, Biddls said:

Hi

during the summer I want to build a rendering server

(cpu intensive rendering)

and  I was wondering if anyone knew of a 4 socket mobo and 1 Xeon cpu to fit it for under £250 (don't need to worry about anything else) with my plan being to add multiple Xeons later. 

Also what OS should I use

manny thanks

Biddls

Would be nice to know which software you will use and what kind of render engine. This would help a lot.

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8 hours ago, Bwithnewcast said:

Maybe buying a used server from craiglist that is working or something like that, remember severs are loud

 

craiglist is barely a thing here, he'll need to look on ebay, as you can get some good deals there, e.g. there has been some quad socket servers which have been going about £100 odd recently, etc. so look there, as it's your best bet at finding anything. other option is talk to your local IT guy he might know where you can get some second hand servers on the cheap

 

3 hours ago, Biddls said:

So I'm going guessing that I should stick to my 6850K then?

depends on what your doing and what you get

 

8 hours ago, 8-Bit Ninja said:

4 socket server board + a cpu, good luck!

I got one for £70 so it's realistically possible, quad quad core server with 36GB of RAM. Hard drives and RAM are the expensive things here

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7 hours ago, Biddls said:

So I'm going guessing that I should stick to my 6850K then?

It all pretty much boils down to: yes.

 

Now if you just want a project to work on, you can get a couple dell r410 servers and load some x5670s in them and form a cheap render farm. 

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On 13/03/2017 at 6:08 PM, grimreeper132 said:

depends on what your doing and what you get

 

I am intending to use the rendering server for photo scanning objects and turning them into 3D models.

it takes multiple imaged and maps their vertices into a useable 3D object. can take like 33hrs + on an average home PC. (6850K is not home pc cpu tho)

its Cpu intensive 

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1 hour ago, Biddls said:

I am intending to use the rendering server for photo scanning objects and turning them into 3D models.

it takes multiple imaged and maps their vertices into a useable 3D object. can take like 33hrs + on an average home PC. (6850K is not home pc cpu tho)

its Cpu intensive 

it depends what's on ebay then, as you might strike it lucky and get a quad hexa core with HT for that price or you might get fuck all then, if you can spend the money and use all the power, then look on ebay and as there has been some quad hexa corres servers which have HT going on there recentlyish, and I think that they were in your price range, no promises though, so yea, look on ebay and you might find what your looking for on there

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The Semi Portable Toastie machine (i7 3612QM (was an i3) intel HD 4000 16GB)'

Bread and Butter Pudding (i7 7700HQ, 1050ti, 16GB)

Pinoutbutter Sandwhich (raspberry pi 3 B)

The Portable Slice of Bread (N270, HAHAHA, 2GB)

Muffinator (C2D E6600, Geforce 8400, 6GB, 8X2TB HDD)

Toastbuster (WIP, should be cool)

loaf and let dough (A printer that doesn't print black ink)

The Cheese Toastie (C2D (of some sort), GTX 760, 3GB, win XP gaming machine)

The Toaster (C2D, intel HD, 4GB, 2X1TB NAS)

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