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post #1 of 21
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hi was hoping for opinions
this is the cheapest pc i could put together in Australia and am going to have it folding all the time plus it will be used by the family to back up to, any thoughs?
REMEMBER : going for cheapest possible = for best returns , cant really go over $400
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Although folding sounds like a rather inconsequencial act that your computer does "when it has the time" it is actually very demanding. The server you have put together would fall under the "Hey any points are good points area". Home server=low powered rig, folding rig=beast.
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yer i just don't have to money for a beast, even my gaming pc isn't all that flash but thanks
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I'm not sure I like the attitude of PCC. Fold for a cause, don't go after points.
    
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I would do one of two things:

1) Ditch the GPU and go for a quad, which would take the entire setup from 4-5k to 7-8k PPD.

2) See if you can find a GTS 430 or GTS 450. The 430 would do ~4k PPD while the 450 would do 8-9k PPD.
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post #6 of 21
Expanding your budget is hands down the best idea for a folding rig. However, it's primarily a home server and a folding rig second, you're fine.
post #7 of 21
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thanks for the advice, still have a bit of reading to do before i buy,
but thinking tha i will ditch the GPU and get a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition instead of the one i posted
and could anyone recomend a cheap cpu cooler ? there seems to be lots of benchmarks for high end stuff but haven't been able to fin a low end coolers compared ?
what do u recommend ?
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post #8 of 21
The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ runs around $30 and stands up to coolers costing twice as much.
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The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ runs around $30 and stands up to coolers costing twice as much.
thanks added to cart

now sorry if the is just a crap question, but am still very new to folding when they are saying it will give me a 7k advantage ? what does that mean, 7k more points per year ? im a bit lost, just doing it because it seems like the right thing to do
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post #10 of 21
For each work unit you complete you receive points. Usually we gauge how well hardware folds by how many points per day (PPD) it generates. Faster processors with more cores can get through work units quicker and generate more PPD. The same is true of graphics cards.

The points aspect of all of this is just for e-peen. Its a way of generating a level of competition between folders and "rewards" people for completing more work units faster. In the end though its really about the research.

You're rig will run Folding@Home just fine. It just won't rip through work units like a more expensive dedicated folding rig.
Edited by Philistine - 8/19/11 at 9:15pm
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