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I'm going to be building a rig to run 24/7 folding. Right now it consists of...
ASus p6x58d
Intel 17-950
8gb patriot viper extreme 1600
SS phase unit

and to my first Question, I have a hd4890 1gb ddr3( I think that's right). Would it be better to use that or one possibly two gtx 260's? Or should I not worry about the graphics card at all?

Second what will be the best clients to run? I've read thru all the guides and have a decent understanding of it all, but just wanted more input from the community.
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post #2 of 11
If you pay for electricity don't bother with the GPUs, but if you don't or don't care go with nVidia over AMD/ATI.

Also, start the CPU with -smp flag then after that move to the -bigadv flag.
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post #3 of 11
Cant say for sure on the GPUs but With that i7 (if your going to OC it) youll want to run a linux distro pulling down hugeadv. Go here.
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post #4 of 11
I wouldn't bother with the 4890 , and depending on how you feel for heat/power running only that CPU in Linux@bigadv is way more efficient than any GPU.

Ok, power consumption might not be a problem for you seeing you'll be running a SS phase, those use quite a lot of juice don't they?

@HAVEN: Nehalems don't do hugeadv that well, as a X6 and to a lesser extent 2500K they need to be really high on OC, but the SS might do it.
Edited by arvidab - 10/19/11 at 2:20pm
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post #5 of 11
It would be way better to use the GTX 260's, they'll make way more points than the ATI card. For the SMP you could do bigadv and you'll probably want to run it in Linux through a VM.

As far as I know this guide is still up to date.

You could use the console client for GPU or use the v7 client that automates it somewhat.
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Also, if that 8GB consists of 4 sticks I'd take one out and make an nice even 6GB, less stress on the IMC and 6GB will be plenty if you're running Linux natively, and probably 4GB allocated to a VM is enough too. If they are 2x4GB I'd really get a third one since -bigadv is somewhat memory dependent.
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post #7 of 11
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Ya power I'm not worried about, and as far as the gpus I have the 4890 laying there along with a vt 5970, and can get 2 gtx260s for free from a friend, but I didn't know if it would be worth it. I plan on OC the chip as high as I can get it stable and then basically run it folding 24/7 as long as I can hold up.
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post #8 of 11
Try and get the 260s! Those will net way better Points per day then the AMD cards.

If you want get your hands on some 2133 ram, that will lower TPF on the -smp.
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Also, if that 8GB consists of 4 sticks I'd take one out and make an nice even 6GB, less stress on the IMC and 6GB will be plenty if you're running Linux natively, and probably 4GB allocated to a VM is enough too. If they are 2x4GB I'd really get a third one since -bigadv is somewhat memory dependent.
Currently I have 2x2gb but have another set on the way. I had all this extra stuff laying around and then finally realized what folding really was, now here I am.
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post #10 of 11
If these are parts you already have, then great.

If you haven't ordered them, then you should probably do a 2600k build. You'll spend less money, get way more points, and I want to see what a SB build will do with a phase unit
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