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Hi guys. I'd like to apologize in advance for the wall of text. I feel that starting two threads would really clutter up the forum. I started folding December of last year but I stopped January 2011 because it started getting hot (For me anyway). Well winter is here and I decided to jump back in and start folding for overclock.net.

These past few days, I've been folding with my PS3 using that life@home thing. When im not gaming, its been folding. Today however, I decided to setup my GPU to fold. I followed this guide and from the looks of it finished my first WU a few hrs ago. I just wanted to know if that was sufficient for me? (All I did was install, put my identity & team name, and enable FahCore 16 WU for amd gpus) I'll post a screenshot of my desktop in a bit to show how everything looks.

Second, I was looking to add another gpu in my sig rig (planned upgrades in parentheses). Unlike others here who have dedicated rigs to folding, I cant afford that *yet* :lol:. Anyway I would like to add another gpu so I can fold whilst working. Right now, I dont experience any lag at all while web browsing and essay typing but I fear that once I actually do start work, I wont be able to work & fold at the same time. I work a lot with Photoshop and Premiere CS5 so I guess I'm looking into an nvidia card. What card should I get? Nothing too expensive (not looking into paying more than $150 atm)
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First yes you should be good to go if you are getting the 1835 pt WUs and taking between 5-6 hrs to finish with that card.

Second, these clients will cut down on the folding performance (TPF goes up) when you require the processor for normal work. Running an Nvidia and ATI in the same system you will probably have to use a dummy plug on the card that just folds. And that second card wont help with any sorts of processing at that time. So youll have to decide which one you want to use for work. (I could be wrong on this though.) HoAS for card ideas, some one else is going to have to step in. I really only know ATI.
Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 10/20/11 at 8:43pm
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GTX 460 is the best you can get with your budget. Some are priced right at $150 plus mail in rebates.
GTS 450 is also a very good choice which won't break the bank.
    
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Here is a SS of my desktop. The only other things running in the background is iTunes. Does this look right? Somehow I think im missing something..



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First yes you should be good to go if you are getting the 1835 pt WUs and taking between 5-6 hrs to finish with that card.

Second, these clients will cut down on the folding performance (TPF goes up) when you require the processor for normal work. Running an Nvidia and ATI in the same system you will probably have to use a dummy plug on the card that just folds. And that second card wont help with any sorts of processing at that time. So youll have to decide which one you want to use for work. (I could be wrong on this though.) HoAS for card ideas, some one else is going to have to step in. I really only know ATI.
Looks like I am getting 1835 WU. Did that part right I guess.

I will probably upgrade to a six core processor the same time I get a video card. I know it will help, but will it help a lot? At the moment I dont plan on folding with my cpu, purely gpu only for now.

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Originally Posted by JetEnduro View Post
GTX 460 is the best you can get with your budget. Some are priced right at $150 plus mail in rebates.
GTS 450 is also a very good choice which won't break the bank.
Hmm those gpus arent listed in the adobe tech specs site (here). Will it still work? As long as its using cuda am I correct?

edit: Okay, I think I will be using my 6850 for my adobe work, so will the GTS450 & 470 give me good ppd?

Edited by caffeinescandal - 10/20/11 at 9:06pm
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Yeah your not missing anything. The v7 client is CPU intensive. That 25% usage is normal.

For GPU ppd info go here...
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...-database.html

Should help you in the right direction fire which card to pick up.

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From what I remember, any cuda card will work with adobe. A GTX460 should net you about 10k PPD also. I have one in my work pc at the office.
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Thanks SniperXX, I thought any cuda card would work too. Hopefully it does.

Btw, another question. What are the differences between these two cards? As far as I can tell its just OC'd.

Also I noticed that for around the $100-$200 dollar price range, I could get a GTX560. Are there any advantages in getting that? I'm pretty new to nvidia cards.
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560 non Ti is a heavily overclocked 460.

And yes, the difference between those cards is that one is "OC" edition.
    
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560 non Ti is a heavily overclocked 460.

And yes, the difference between those cards is that one is "OC" edition.
So is there any differences between the 460 and 560? Other than being heavily overclocked? Since I can get one or the other for around the same price, might as well go for the newer one right?
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