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Help Spec'ing a Rendering Machine?

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Go to ebay buy two E5 2696 V3 (18 core CPU) for less than USD$900 each. Get a dual socket Supermicro board for around $400 and you will have the world's fastest rendering machine :D
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traderjay wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 2:44 pm
Go to ebay buy two E5 2696 V3 (18 core CPU) for less than USD$900 each. Get a dual socket Supermicro board for around $400 and you will have the world's fastest rendering machine :D
I'm tempted by that, actually...something to consider!
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orbitdesign wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 2:49 pm
I'm tempted by that, actually...something to consider!
Its totally doable on your budget and it will BLOW everything out of the water. Throw in 64GB of DDR4 ECC RAM, some SSDs and a GPU and you are rocking. This forum has links to great enterprise grade gears for sale - https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php

The render time will probably be faster than you can click "render" lol... How do I know that, because I run a 18 more XEON myself :P As for cooling, just a get a high quality case like bequiet and noctua heatsinks and you don't need to worry about potential leaks using AIO systems.
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traderjay wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 2:44 pm
Go to ebay buy two E5 2696 V3 (18 core CPU) for less than USD$900 each. Get a dual socket Supermicro board for around $400 and you will have the world's fastest rendering machine :D
Your example would push him outside his budget, with USED parts; I'd not be dropping $2.5k on parts without warrantee. As well (and this is likely not an option for a few months) you can potentially get a dual Threadripper board (they were teased out in March that the x399 chipset supports it ... but nothing since then AFAIK, so might be only for Epyc chips), which would cost around the same as your example, but be considerably faster ... if these boards ends up existing.

In that case, 72 threads @ 2.3GHz (dual 2696) is considerably slower than 64 threads @ 3.4GHz (dual 1950x) ... and this would be new for parts with warrantee.
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ChubChub wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 3:49 pm
Your example would push him outside his budget, with USED parts; I'd not be dropping $2.5k on parts without warrantee. As well (and this is likely not an option for a few months) you can potentially get a dual Threadripper board (they were teased out in March that the x399 chipset supports it ... but nothing since then AFAIK, so might be only for Epyc chips), which would cost around the same as your example, but be considerably faster ... if these boards ends up existing.

In that case, 72 threads @ 2.3GHz (dual 2696) is considerably slower than 64 threads @ 3.4GHz (dual 1950x) ... and this would be new for parts with warrantee.
We are not sure if the AMD 1950x is SMP capable or solely reserved for the Epyc server class CPUs. If its the later case, the price will go up significantly. As for buying used CPUs, as long the seller is reputable and you are not getting ES samples, the likelihood of CPU failure is next to nil, especially for server class chips where it cannot be overclocked. Most used enterprise gears are better treated than consumer stuff.
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orbitdesign wrote:
Oct 11th, 2017 11:15 am
Okay, so here's where I'm at with this system and I'm ready to pull the trigger on the parts, unless anyone can recommend any revisions?

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/xWKp6X
Obviously you got money. Will you be trying to RAID the m.2 drives? That ability was added quite recently on x399 platforms so make sure you read up about it:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/11892/am ... r-platform
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mr_raider wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 9:56 am
Obviously you got money. Will you be trying to RAID the m.2 drives? That ability was added quite recently on x399 platforms so make sure you read up about it:

https://www.anandtech.com/show/11892/am ... r-platform
It's more of an investment, as any time I can reduce rendering increases my output. Thanks for that link. I'll look into that. I've started to order some of the parts, but I was considering moving to a 1TB 860 evo.

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