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Hi ,what seems to be the best price performance card and also the best power performance, in an ideal world i would see a graph of "product of power X performance Vs price per point).

I see GTS 450's seem to be popular and i have expressed an interest in some in the for sale section. How do they stack up against 460's in terms of price, performance and efficiency ?

I have 3 spare pcie x16 slots in my mobo, so I could fit 3 single slot cards or 2 double slot, I also have a spare mobo (M4A88TD) that I could get a cheap processor for and add 2 more grapics cards to.

So, what are the best cards to get?
Edited by Elis - 6/21/11 at 1:42pm
    
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I think the 560s are pretty good right now... someone confirming would be handy.

Is this for your main rig, or a dedicated Folding rig though?
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My feeling about gpu folding is that it is initaly cheap and easy to get up and folding. The downside is they do use more power and put more heat into the room. You being from the UK the amount of electricity used must be of a concern to you. I lived in Switzerland for many years and every part of life revolved around doing things that consumed electricity at a time when the electricity was the cheapest, it was very much a way of life.This watching how much electricity you use seemed to be very common in every place in Europe that I visited. Here in the states there are people that do the exact same thing but not as many.My point is,if you want to go heavy on gpu folding it is going to start adding up in electricity used.
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post #4 of 28
If you want the maximum amount of points per day you should pick up a 2600k with a simple z68 board. The point per day for a 2600k is about the same as 2 GTX580's while those are more expansive and require more power. I suggest to focus on CPU folding rather then GPU folding.
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Hi, thanks for the concern about power usage, I will hopefully be going to university this September so the power bill is covered under the accommodation fees of the halls of residence so that is not the primary concern.

This is the situation as of now

PC: 1

Sig Rig with 2 free double slot pciex16 sockets.

PC: 2

Asus m4a88td-v
2 pcie x16 slots (one at x16, one at x4, does this matter for folding?)
No processor (suggestions? . . . . . . . . . )
1 GB of ram (sufficient? . . . .)
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and an ancient CWT 550w psu but I think that needs replacing of I go ahead with the second pc build

And I don’t think I will go for a SB setup as I am trying to do this as cheaply as possible.
    
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post #6 of 28
I'm a noob but sure looks to me the best price-performance folding GPU has to the the $99 after MIR EVGA SC 460. I linked it in the deals for folders thread.
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post #7 of 28
If you can pick up those 460's for $99 then go for that

For reference, the speed of the PCI-e socket is usually irrelevant; I think I saw some benches that showed a 3-4% reduction in speed going from a 16x to a 1x
post #8 of 28
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For $99 that is a great deal but the problem is that it is in the US and in Britain we dont have newegg . But the 460 offers advantages enough over the 450 to warrant the price?

Also. what woud be the best cpu to get. would an unlocked PII x2 be any good? would I have to leave one core idle to feed the graphics card(s)
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post #9 of 28
Ah darnit yea I didn't notice you are in Wales.

£114.99 Palit GTX 460 then?

or MSI GTX 450 £86.72
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post #10 of 28
or this 460?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-e...dl-dvi-i-mhdmi
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