What machine to purchase?
not been here to long but i'm trying to decide what route to take for a new machine.
i'm an architectural visualiser using autocad, max with vray / mental ray, after effects and photoshop to produce animations / presentations and high res images. Needless to say the machine is purely for work not gaming.
i'm after advice as whether to go for a dual amd opteron machine or dual xeon machine, and am looking to spend around £200 / processor. (could go higher but would have to save up for a bit longer!).
i'm keen to have 64 bit in order to be ready for new releases of 64 bit apps (windows etc.) as i figure getting these further down the line will feel like an upgrade again.
am i correct that amd 64 chips are not suitable for dual processor application?
Are the xeon or opterons actually 64 bit like the amd 64's or do they employ a "work around" method ( Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology) to confuse people like me?
my final option is simply to purchase two individual machine using the amd 64 chip as i believe that vray supports distrubited rendering so i could therefore have a "multiprocessor machine" on the cheap?
any advice would be most welcome. hope the above makes sense, i'm no techie so please forgive any stupid questions i've asked!