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I was told the more cores the better when it comes to folding. What CPUs would be recommended? I don't have a big budget at the moment, but if it's smarter to go with some crazy Opteron with 12 cores instead of 3 or 4 quad-core Athlon II X4s, then I want to opt for that.
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i5 2500k's! or 2600k's if you can afford, low energy, high power!
    
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2600k hands down (when you factor in the total cost of the build rather than just the chip, the price difference is almost negligible over a 2500k).

If you can afford a 12 core SR2 build then that might pip it overall, but with the drop in bigadv bonuses there may not be much of an advantage - especially when you consider the amount of upfront investment required.
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2600k. 2500k if your budget is too short.
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post #5 of 8
For bigadv something with 4cores/8 threads will do. The 2600k is ideal for folding, better than i7s,more energy efficient you need to overclock it to 3.8ghz+ to complete the WUs in time.
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As everyone has said, i7 2600k if you can afford it, 2500k if you can't.
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post #7 of 8
can you fold bigadv on a 2500k? what clocks do you need to achieve this on it?
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post #8 of 8
I think anything above 4.4Ghz is able to do it, but you'd want to be Folding as many hours in the day as possible. Here's the guide:
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...adv-p6903.html
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