Ghetto Renderfarm

digitalvanilla

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Hi.

I just got this idea and had to see if it´s at all doable.

I´m researching a new computer for mainly 3d, video- and photoediting.
But that´s not what this thread is about.

While looking around and drooling over renderfarms and such that are way, WAY out of my budget, I started wondering if it were possible to build something like that for homeuse out of really cheap old computerparts that I could somehow cluster to make what would amount to an impressive renderfarm.
That way I wouldn´t have to be too aware of making my new workstation top of the line. I could simply just send animations and other 3d-scenes to the renderfarm.

So, how would I build this and what do I need to keep in mind (mainly about compatibility between processors, motherboards and such).

As you may understand I´m not very knowledgeble about computers, but this would be a super fun project.

If you don´t want to write an indepth answer please tell me if you think this could be done within a small budget (ideally cheaper than a midend gaming computer) I live in Sweden so writing a $ or £ figure could be misleading as prices vary quite abit over the world, but as cheap as possible while still making it powerful enough to be worth the effort.

Thank you.
 

digitalvanilla

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well, as I said it´s a bit misinformative to state a fixed budget as if I say $1000 and you look up stuff in a US based e-store my guess is that I will have to pay about 25% more here in Sweden (or after tolls and taxes if I shop abroad)
Without knowing much about prices in US or UK for example I´d say that ideally I´d like to spend under 1000 euros.

But the general idea here is to get as much power as possible for as little cost as possible.
Also I can say that for it to be worthwhile the build has to have more renderpower than an i7 or C2Quad (3ghz) workstation as that is what I´m thinking about buying alongside the budget build.

I don´t have any set e-stores. THe one I´ve most frequently used if any is www.komplett.se , but it´s swedish.

 

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