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post #1 of 17
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Hey everyone. After browsing around for a few days and checking out some of the Folding setups people are using, I've kinda got in the mood to start again. I'll dust off my PS3 and start that in the next few days, but was also hoping to build a side computer dedicated as well. (I used to Fold for PS3Forums but shut down after I moved.)

I've been tossing around a few ideas, mainly:
1. Bulldozer CPU, mid-range mobo, mid-range GPU
2. Phenom II CPU, high-end mobo, multiple GPUs
- All with 64GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Linux

For 1, I'm thinking mainly bigadv and some GPU Folding. As for 2, I don't know whether I should so with 3-4 cheaper GPUs (maybe 6770s) or 2 faster ones (6950s).

I'd like to keep it under $1k since I have other money dumps at the moment ('01 Trans Am, Bulldozer desktop build, girlfriend) In that order

Thanks for the help!

PS. Also, sorry for another "what should I do" threads.
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post #2 of 17
I'd go with an i5 if possible, and if it's for Folding, not gaming, you must go with nVidia for the GPUs.

No idea on prices, so I'll let someone else help with that.
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post #3 of 17
If the rig is dedicated folding, then

1) SSD is pointless money wasting
2) 2600K Sandy Bridge + excellent cooling running -bigadv is currently the only advisable 'best bang for buck' folding rig
3)If you have to GPU fold, you definitely don't want ATi cards. nVidia get far more PPD, and are therefore more efficient. Even then, bigadv on Sandy Bridges is even more power efficient again.

z, you need someone to help you edit your poast properly too
post #4 of 17
Under a grand?

2600K, lower end p67 or z68 board, low end gpu for p67 or no gpu for z68, 400-500w mid-range psu, high-end cooler, 4.9-5.0ghz, linux + tweaks

==

bigadv goodness



but BD might be ok, too... who knows.. does it even really exist?
post #5 of 17
Indeed, a SSD would be useless, you should rather buy 2 HD.
The best option would be a 2600k + z68 board. It gives the best PPD/watt
post #6 of 17
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Indeed, a SSD would be useless, you should rather buy 2 HD.
The best option would be a 2600k + z68 board. It gives the best PPD/watt
Why 2 HDD for folding?

And old 40Gb IDE drive would suffice, if you though it wasn't going to die
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Why 2 HDD for folding?

And old 40Gb IDE drive would suffice, if you though it wasn't going to die
I still use a 40GB IDE in my Dell Dimension 3000. Six years and still running...like a damn giraffe with polio.
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Six years and still running...like a damn giraffe with polio.
post #9 of 17
I've got a Maxtor one in my folding rig

Maybe around 6 / 7 years as well!
post #10 of 17
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Changed the setup to i7-2600K, Z68 board and a $40 HDD. Gonna skip on the GTX 550s until I see them drop to ~$100 each and slap in my old 9800GTX+ until then. Puts me about ~$750 shipped.
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