Originally Posted by tsm106
Wouldn't an 8/12 core opteron be a better choice for cpu crunching power? 4 way board + 4 magny cours 8 core chips = 1900...?
I got someone to do a benchmark for me with the 2500K and 2600K with ht on and ht off at stock and overclocked and compared to previous people. Now, a dual 8 core xeon at 3.5ghz is slightly faster then a single 2600K overclcoked. By faster, it was 4.2 seconds and not 4.6 seconds. Though 2600K is alot cheaper.
@ op, i was also looking into a 1155 socket render farm myself after seeing the benchmarks for my software of choice.
I found the best thing to do, factoring in the cost/performance of overclocking which will need after market cooling and the price of the K edition, meant it was better to do the following:
CPU - 2600
Mobo - Small H67 mobo
Ram - 8gb ddr3-1333mhz (amount depends on amount needed for your render.)
PSU - Decent yet cheap 500watt psu.
Some cheap second hand HDD's
The graphics are good enough to preview before sending the rendered frame to the main computer which would be a good, strong build.
Though the best thing to do varys between each software. But the big price difference for the K edition, not to mention it needs a heatsink and a much more expensive mobo with discrete graphics, was not worth it for the little extra performance.
Edit: The hardware wont allow you to brag or "be cool", and it might not be as nice, but it does the job better then a 2600K build