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^ 890FX. Athlon II X2.

Slot0 - GTX 460 768
Slot1 - GTS 450 (single-slot)
Slot2 - GTS 450 (single-slot)
Slot3 - GTX 460 768Mb
Slot4 - GTX 460 768Mb

Run caseless.

Personally, I'd do this. I'm sure there's a better arrangement then this, but it's the first idea that comes to mind.
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do not go with a single core ;( go with the amd athlon 2 250 at 3.0 gigahertz for only $30 more u cant beat it!
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do not go with a single core ;( go with the amd athlon 2 250 at 3.0 gigahertz for only $30 more u cant beat it!
YES! go with single core

go with the single core and find a board that supports core unlocking. search google for other people who have unlocked single core sempron 140 to dual core.
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No better card to fold on, but you'll have to use molex-6 pin for the second 460, unless you want to use two 450/550's instead.
I don't mind. I'll use adapters as long as the Power Supply can handle it.

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that CPU is a single core, won't a SLI setup need more CPU?
This is not an SLI setup; it's a multi-GPU setup. SLI is for games. From what I've heard, a single core is fine unless you want to make a huge folding farm with three or more GPUs. Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, though.

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This is what I would do, although slightly more expensive I think it has more room for the future.

This motherboard for lots of pci-e slots (go oopen box its <$150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130274

Cheap used AMD dual/tri core <$50

Larger power supply.

It would add probably $150 more to the build but now you have room for 3 more cards to throw in whenever.
Which would make sense. However, I think the power bill will be too high. But it could make sense if I start with something lower end like a GTS 450 single slot and start adding more GPUs as I get more money for both the cards and higher power bill. These aren't extremely power hungry, though.

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do not go with a single core ;( go with the amd athlon 2 250 at 3.0 gigahertz for only $30 more u cant beat it!
For folding with two cards a single core is all you need, plus you do have a chance of unlocking it. If I decide I want to run more than two GPUs I'd definitely go dual-core, though.

How does this setup look?

MSI 890FXA-G70: $190

Gigabyte GTX 460 768MB:$150

Corsair TX-750 v2: $105

G.Skill NS 2GB DDR3: $20

AMD Athlon II X2 250: $61

Kingston DataTraveler 4GB: $8

Subtotal: $534
Total: $581

This would be awesome for having the maximum GPU folding performance, but I think the initial price is pretty steep. I was also thinking:

AsRock 890GX EXTREME4: $135

Sparkle GeForce GTX 560 Ti: $230

Antec TruePower New 650W: $80

G.Skill NS 2GB DDR3: $20

AMD Athlon II X2 250: $61

Kingston DataTraveler 4GB: $8

Subtotal: $533
Total: $579

Same price as before, but a motherboard with less expansion (from 5 cards to 3 cards) but a higher-end GPU. From what I understand, the GTX 560 Ti when OCed to the max. gets 17,000PPD, while the GTX 460 768MB gets 12,000PPD. On the setup with the 5 GPUs, I'd be limited to a GTS 450 single slot on two of them. In this one I'd be able to use three dual-slot ones.

Basically:

17,000 PPDx3: 51,000 PPD
8,000 PPDx2 + 12,000 PPDx3: 52,000 PPD

That, and I'd probably have tons of power savings from going with the three GTX 560 Ti instead of three GTX 460 768MB and two GTS 450.

Also, what's a better option: a GTX 470 or a GTX 560 Ti? GTX 470 can be had for $200.
    
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When you get to the $600 price range is better just to build a Sandy dedicated bigadv computer. Its more ppd and a lot less power consumption.
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When you get to the $600 price range is better just to build a Sandy dedicated bigadv computer. Its more ppd and a lot less power consumption.
Core i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
    
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Think a few people need to read through the thread and realise this is not for playing games...

A single core is fine for a multi GPU setup.... I run an old athlon 64 3500+ 2.2Ghz, with the GX2 folding it sits at ~7%.... (not to mention its running under vista)...

As stated above If you can afford a board with lots of PCI-E slots now, it will leave space for future GPU's. Or you can go the i5 2500K route with a cheap videocard and just fold bigadv under linux....
 
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Core i5 2500K or i7 2600K?
2600k, but you can still run bigadv on the 2500k using tear's hack under linux.
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Think a few people need to read through the thread and realise this is not for playing games...

A single core is fine for a multi GPU setup.... I run an old athlon 64 3500+ 2.2Ghz, with the GX2 folding it sits at ~7%.... (not to mention its running under vista)...

As stated above If you can afford a board with lots of PCI-E slots now, it will leave space for future GPU's. Or you can go the i5 2500K route with a cheap videocard and just fold bigadv under linux....

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2600k, but you can still run bigadv on the 2500k using tear's hack under linux.
Well, I don't know what to do now. What PPD can I get out of a 2600K at 4.6GHz using the -bigadv flag? I don't recall.

There's also people saying that I should get the motherboard with many PCI-E slots. But with P67 you can't do that unless you get a super expensive motherboard with the NF200 chipset. What will bring the lower power consumption and the most PPD and lowest price?
    
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You can have this or save $100 with a 2500k. Just get a cheap case, drive and dvd.

Edit: At 4.6ghz you will get around 46k ppd running W7 and over 50k running Linux.

Edited by Desert Rat - 4/29/11 at 1:47pm
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