A colleague of mine recently inquired about assisting him with assembling a "hackint0sh" PC for rendering and processing film. He is a macintosh user, yet believes that Apple is ripping him off and would rather build a custom hackintosh. I'm generally interested in such projects and have some experience with servers and RAID, however am currently at a loss in terms of what's best in this case.
Is it worth the investment to construct a small render farm or would it be better to construct a substantially powerful of a machine? In other words, is it better to have rendering dispersed multiple machines or rather consolidate it all into one machine?