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so i have an asus m4 series board with the 780g chipset just laying here since upgrading to sb and selling the rest to a friend. i thought why not build a dedicated folding rig with it. so i was wondering what is a good budget cpu from amd that i can use for this? it will be pretty much for folding and for friends who come over to surf the net on (so i can stop hearing hey can i get on your pc to check my facebook......) and that's about it. i'm guessing a modest dual-core would be ok, but i don't know much about folding as this will be my first attempt.
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I would get a cheap dual core or something and focus on using gpu's to fold. You could pop in something like a 450 or 460.
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going to be ordering a 580 in the up coming weeks, so this will be the duties of the 460
this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103932
Edited by rjajmr0221 - 6/10/11 at 7:42pm
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Or an x3, something with enough cores that subsystems wouldn't slow the gpu folding down. I think an x3 or x4 would be good if you added another gpu into the mix as well. Folding the cpu would be a waste of energy, setting up a gpu farm would work rather well.

I would get as many cores as you plan to run gpus +1 for windows or whatever os you choose.
    
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its a single slot board, so a farm is not an option at this time. i don't plan on using the cpu for folding, just the 460. are the athlon quad's any good?
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Any athlon II will do you just fine. Folding on nvidia cards does not require a whole core like the AMD cards. So something like a 255 would do fine.
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