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post #211 of 581
Hi guys, I was thinking of building a twin CPU server for folding last year but wasn't sure which route I should go with, what would be the best budget route for a server for folding?

There is a dual Opteron board here for £18!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HDAMA-Server-Motherboard-Dual-AMD-Opteron-250-2-4GHz-/260755977530?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item3cb644753a

Would something like that be a good start or would that be useless due to the fact I think they are single cores?
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post #212 of 581
Cost effective in terms of hardware or the kind of PPD/Watt?
You have to put that into consideration.

Sure you could spend little $$ on older hardware, but you'll see that come bite you in the price you pay in electricity.
post #213 of 581
Would it be easier to just get a really basic system but be able to run twin cards instead and GPU fold?
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post #214 of 581
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Originally Posted by m1tch View Post

Would it be easier to just get a really basic system but be able to run twin cards instead and GPU fold?

GPU folding is out of the question if you pay for your own electricity.
GPU folding farms are power hungry and not worth their PPD/Watt.

It's more efficient PPD/Watt wise to go with CPU folding. But you have to take a step back ask yourself, "Is this something I really want to spend money on?". Because not only are you going to be paying for hardware, but you're going to be paying for the electricity that runs it.

While that sounds like I'm against folding, that's not the case at all. I just don't think people think that far into it and the kind of investment you're really going to be making. This isn't something you just start doing and then the next day say "Meh. I'm done.". That's a quite costly decision.

Now, what're you looking to do? lol
post #215 of 581
If you are looking to get by on the cheaper side of things wait 15 more days. Then start looking at what happens to all the i7 folders etc.

That will give you much more realistic numbers to plan on for the future.
    
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Alright guys well I went out today and picked up two coolermaster hyper 212 plus, So now I have another issue this motherboard already has backplates on it and when I try to put the cooler on it the screw pins that need to screw from the heatsink bracket to the motherboard can't reach, So they have extensions screw things with the heatsink, bad this is the screws will not seat into the stock screw holes for the motherboard backplate. The screw on the heatsink mounting will fit into the holes but not the extensions. I am trying to figure out how to take the backplate off but not sure how to go about it.
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post #217 of 581
There is a thread on [H] that talks about using the 212+ with standard replacement screws from the hardware store. I believe they are M3 machine screws. You will have to remove the current screws that are in the 212+ to use this method.
    
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post #218 of 581
im thinkin about adding a 4p 1.9ghz quadcore opteron cruncher in jan
     
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post #219 of 581
Would of been nice to find some standoff that would fit into the intel backplate threaded holes
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post #220 of 581
Well finally got around to turning on the SR-2. No TPF yet, but mission accomplished so far and got my first 6903 unit.
    
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