I have a client who needs a system with 8-core processing power.
I've looked into this and from what I understand, he would need 2x Xeon Quad-core processors with LGA771 sockets as well as an LGA771 motherboard.
The cheapest prices I got for these items are way over his budget - roughly about 350 EUR for 1x BX80574L5410P (CPU) and roughly about 390 EUR for 1x Intel Server Board S5000VSA (and RAM on top of that).
His budget is 700 (max 800) EUR.
What I'm wondering is where could I source these items cheaper. It doesn't need to be Intel. He would also be happy enough with an 2 AMD processors of equal power and I know that Tyan supposedly make decent LGA771 boards. I don't have much experience personally with AMD CPUs so I'm not really sure what to look for. Any help would be appreciated.