Originally Posted by Fateful_Ikkou
To tell the truth, I haven't even moved to the college yet I am getting geared up for it. In reality it probably won't be for another 1~2 years before I do any heavy rendering but I wanted to make sure I have a rig that can do well under those loads. As per the HDD suggestion How big would gather the drives need to be or would a larger SSD be worth while in this area?
I forgot to ask why ti would be pertinent to lower my clocks, I was under the impression that a higher clock will help render the scenes faster. Then again I suppose any overclocking could lower the stability of the system.
You may (or may not) need to lower clocks to ensure stability when you add memory, as the memory controller is linked to the core clock, and extra sticks means increased work load for the memory controller. You may find it just needs a dash of extra cpu-nb voltage instead. I sold off my AMD rig without trying 4 sticks on a Thuban core, I only ran a Deneb chip, and those definitely suffered with 4 sticks, but Thuban has a better memory controller, so YMMV.
Don't use an SSD for the scratch drive, it'd die far too quickly, and cost too much (currently). And it doesn't need to be big, a 50-100-200GB drive is plenty, just use whatever you can get at a low cost.
The typical render farm machine is specced as follows:
Top end CPU, top end GPU, as much memory as you can fit, and a tiny hard drive that they expect to drop in recycling at the end of the project.
You, on the other hand, can probably expect the scratch drive to last a year or two as your rig won't be rendering 24/7 at full speed.