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post #1 of 25
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So I'm slowly building a folding rig and looking for some advice.

so far I'm thinking : 2600k (on air/water) @ 5.0 ghz
cheap p67/z68 mobo (sli /cf ?)
generic hdd
generic case (antec 300)
gpus, single or sli gtx 460s ? (1gb or 768mb)
cx430 for a psu ? Or swap out the one in my sig rig and buy a 650 watt for it.

I'm wondering if its worth it to have 2 cards in sli, I believe each card that's used for folding uses up a cpu core ?

Basically I want to maximize my PPD for the $$

I'm probably going to wait for BD to see if any of the cpus beat the 2600k for ppd/$.
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post #2 of 25
If your focus isn't on ppd/watt then your best bet is to run "-bigadv -smp 8" on the CPU folding client and run two independent GPU clients, not in SLI.
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post #3 of 25
If it's a dedicated folding rig I would just fold on the 2600k in Linux that way you maximize PPD/watt.
GPU folding in Linux is still kinda iffy and it does take a bit from the CPU to do it.
    
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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by *the_beast* View Post
If it's a dedicated folding rig I would just fold on the 2600k in Linux that way you maximize PPD/watt.
GPU folding in Linux is still kinda iffy and it does take a bit from the CPU to do it.
I was planning on running linux also because I don't want to pay for another W7 license .

So a z68 mobo would be perfect then, integrated gfx and no need to buy a gpu.

Yeah it's going to be dedicated, stuff it in the coldest room of the apt and crank it up.

and try to find a way to use my touchpad to remotely access it and check on temps and crashes.
Edited by wupah - 10/7/11 at 9:58am
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post #5 of 25
Perfect.
    
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post #6 of 25
Or just use the CPU for folding, a good Z68 board should be good for some OC and to use the integrated GPU, for the SB.

But waiting for BD could be a good choice...
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post #7 of 25
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does -bigadv favor intel over amd ?
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post #8 of 25
Intel def does better at bigadv/hugeadv with the current architecture. We're all waiting to see what BD can pull of though.
    
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As far as I know folding doesn't prefer one company over another (except for AMD GPUs, it really doesn't like them ) it's just that intel is much more powerful in the CPU department right now and has been for quite some time. He was suggesting that with bulldozer AMD might be able to challenge intel again, at least in price/performance.
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post #10 of 25
This is the mobo your going to want to buy. Its Z68 so it has onboard GFX, plenty of Phases for your OC, and also has ROG Connect so you can monitor your temps and change your OC remotely while you have no monitor on the box.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131759

Now for the ram. You want it as fast as you can get with reasonable timings, I would go with these...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231449

You are also going to need a cooler. I chose the H100 due to its performance over something like a noctua. Im @ 5Ghz right now folding with temps under 55 C.

Any cheap small PSU will work. Doesnt need to be some top of the line corsair since your only powering a cpu/mobo/hdd
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