Maybe it makes more sense if I tell a bit about the surroundings:
I am working in a university on a government funded project. The goal is to write software that allows to plan, simulate, visualize and render buildings or even complete blocks of multiple buildings. It should revolve around Blender, some addons, some original code and other free software. It should be run on your private computer, but you should be able to send your file to a server to do simulations or do Renderings for you, so your personal PC doesn’t need to do it on its own.
For this I got granted a certain budget, of which I’m allowed to use roughly 6000 Euro for a server for rendering and another 6000 for a server for running simulations (mainly with energy+ and radiance).
If I have to stretch the total amount from 12k to 13k that might be possible (not fun, there will be A LOT of discussions, but possible) much above that is highly improbable.
Now I never built a PC for rendering or computation, especially not as a server. I once built a pc myself with the help of my brother, but for this here, I’d like your input.
The terms Workstation and render node sound about correct, eventhough I thought a render-node is one in a whole network, while in this case my network consists of one node only.
I’d love to hear more ideas though. If you come up with some multinode-system without blowing the budget too much I’m all ears.