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I want to build a nice, quiet 24/7 folding rig.

Budget: Keep it reasonable, I don't want to drop $1000+ USD on a folding rig

Objective: Bump me up to the top of the charts so I can hopefully win this:
http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...ian-li-pc.html

Remember, this also doubles as a home computer for the family.

Case will need to be small and quiet, if possible make it mATX so it can be smaller, and most importantly, cheap. Cannot be more than $100 USD. heres a idea on hk prices:
http://www.jumbo-computer.com/pricelist.aspx?id=14

OS will be Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

The cpu cooler will be a small one, most likely a H50.

The RAM will probably a 4GB kit from a cheap but good brand (help me choose).

The CPU, MOBO, GPU and HDD will be up to use guys to choose, but again, keep it modest, this will never be used for uber high end 1337 gaming, instead, this will be used for: 24/7 folding, web browsing (YouTube, Facebook etc.), work (word, powerpoint, excel etc.).

Again, focus on parts which will give me the most folding points AND stay under budget AND run cool.

Thanks in advance!
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Asus P8P67 Pro, 2600K, 2x2GB ram, 500w psu, CoGage Arrow hsf (or H50 like you said), a cheapo ($25-$30) gpu then you're good to go
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Asus P8P67 Pro, 2600K, 2x2GB ram, 500w psu, CoGage Arrow hsf (or H50 like you said), a cheapo ($25-$30) gpu then you're good to go
why cheap gpu? I was thinking of a 460 since it gets a lot of points?
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Because folding a GPU is LOUD.
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Because folding a GPU is LOUD.
how loud?
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post #6 of 37
Just folding with the 2600k on bigadv will net you anywhere from 40-50k ppd depending on your OC. Folding on the gpu also might hurt your ppd more then helping it.

Loud and a killer on the electric bill.
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post #7 of 37
Core i7 2600k
P67 mATX
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
GTX560 ti

Actually, I think other people on this thread have it right. I'm folding on my 2600k @4.6 and a GTX 580 @1800 shaders and I'm pulling about 53k ppd (~34k ppd on my CPU using bigadv and 19k ppd on my gpu). If I ran the CPU client alone, I think I'd get about 45k-46k ppd on bigadv. It's not worth folding on a GPU if you're looking for ppd/$ because the GPU is relatively expensive for a small gain in ppd. Also, GPUs draw a lot of power, and get loud when they get hot from folding. Your best best is a 2600k. Just get a cheapo gpu to run the monitor. Or, if you can wait, see what Z68 prices are going to be like so that you can use the integrated GPU to run the monitor (should be more than enough for browsing and MS Office) and overclock the CPU for folding. that way, you wouldn't need any discrete GPU.
Edited by dkim1359 - 5/10/11 at 9:28am
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post #8 of 37
first, it is HOT
second, sucks lots of power -- utility is expensive
third, loud --- extremely loud if you want to cool it off to "normal" temp -- 50-60C

Cheap gpu for setting up only
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Just folding with the 2600k on bigadv will net you anywhere from 40-50k ppd depending on your OC. Folding on the gpu also might hurt your ppd more then helping it.

Loud and a killer on the electric bill.
Pfft, my 2500k does 42k ppd with ease, 2600k should net you 50k+
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Yeah it's generally accepted now that best bang for buck crown rests firmly on Sandy Bridge's head, whoever she is ; anything that can plow it's way through bigadvs is a winner - 2600K currently being the best choice

Not only is it bang for buck, it's bang for electricity consumption and heat output as well. Money is better spent on adequate cooling for a 2600K > 5Ghz than on GPUs
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