well, what’ya know…
motherboard, chassis, power supply, $5000cdn. thats for the 4 way base board. a bit more pricey than i was expecting.
with 4 875 cpu’s, 8gb ram, windows server 64 bit, say, 2 raptors for system drive… and 2 geforce 7800 gtx’s, you got about $22000 cdn. and thats rather bare bones for this machine.
add $2200cdn more for 880 cpu’s. $3000 more for dual quadro 4000’s. $1500 for four 500gb drives. and about $20,000 more to got for the full on 8 way. i havent even added in any high performance storage either.
actually, ill be happier if you arent joking… cause then i can make fun of you for wasting rediculous amounts of money for less power than four $1200 machines. assuming the thing doesnt short out the power in your dorm room, as it needs a dedicated 15 amp circuit.
virtually nothing is going to even make use of all 8/16 cores. most rendering apps are limited to just 2 or 4. other can use more, but charge larges sums of money per core. a few others just arent very efficient, and likely wont run more than 20-30% faster going from 4 to 8 cores… and maybe even slow down over 16 (too much traffic since they have to hop from cpu to cpu to access ram)