** I UPDATED THE PROCESSOR SINCE MY ORIGINAL POST **
Here is a derivative of Philbo’s machine for ~ $1860.00. It’s a 4 CPU motherboard with four quad core CPUs! Each CPU core gets 4GB RAM. This Motherboard is DDR2 800 (not cutting edge) and the CPU a little dated but may be good for the application depending on what you are really doing with this machine, and is dirt cheap with great reviews.
It’s hard to say if this machine will be better than another machine having two higher end quad cores with DDR3. What do you guys think of this setup?
You can get an expansion card to add an additional 4 more CPUs to make it a total of 32 cores! If you dont have the expansion card you can only use 4CPUs with a total of 16 cores. I think I would need to put a “Drool Shield” on this thing like one of the reviews on NewEgg said!!!
If you decide to buy it, triple check my handy work to make sure the Motherboard, CPU and RAM are all compatible.
1) Quad Processor Motherboard ($199):
TYAN S4985G3NR Thunder n4250QE Quad 1207(F) NVIDIA nForce4 Professional 2200 + 2050 SSI MEB footprint Four AMD Opteron (Rev. F) 8000 series (dual/quad-core) processors Server Motherboard
2b) Four Quad Core Processors ($199 *4 = $800) :
AMD OS8354WAL4BGH Opteron 8354 Barcelona 2.2GHz 2MB L3 Cache Socket F 115W Quad-Core Server Processor - OEM
3) Four sets of 4GB Ram (85.99*4 = $343.96):
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664AA800
4) Hard Drives (1 TB drives in Raid 0) ($59.00 * 2 = $120)
5) Video Card: GTX 460 1 GB (Great for Octane Render) $200
6) Case: $70
7) Power Supply: $110
8) Windows? $100 * 4 = $400???
If you use Windows, I think you need to purchase one copy of Windows for each core. I may be mistaken on this but I thought I read this somewhere on the Microsoft Site.