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So I have been folding for a week or so now on my i5 and I would like to setup a couple more computers that their only job will be to fold 24/7. So I am looking for some suggestions on cpu/motherboard combinations. Some criteria:

  1. Cheap. I will be buying the new ivy bridge i7 when they come out for folding and as my main computer so I want these to be cheap.
  2. I would like it to have a decent amount of headroom for overclocking. I.E. if its a 2.8ghz I would like to overclock it to around 3.5ghz or so for folding.
  3. Not biased between AMD or intel. Whatever will get the job done for cheaper.
  4. I want to buy at least two of the exact same thing.

Thanks smile.gif
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post #2 of 22
We're gonna need an exact budget. If you wanted to get a crazy setup for folding, you'd use some 12-core processors. biggrin.gif
     
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post #3 of 22
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Hows $700 for both?
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post #4 of 22
I'd recommend concentrating on one machine as you'll have less wattage to points (electric bill saver).

I'm waiting for one of the real folders to suggest some stuff. Do you have any of the base parts like case, hard drive, etc?
     
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post #5 of 22
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Electricity isnt an issue for me as its free smile.gif I dont have any extra parts at all other than keyboard/mouse. frown.gif So do you still suggest just one computer for $700?
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post #7 of 22
I still think one would be better because you can dedicate all the work to one really nice processor instead of two kinda decent. It might depend on how much the board and processor with 8+ cores costs. I know DesertRat was selling his old 12-core (I think) processors for $350 or something, those would be outrageous. He used 4 to get around 500K PPD I believe.
     
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm 
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post #8 of 22
I think you're gonna wanna be in the server boards since this isn't going to be anything other than a folder.
     
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm 
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i5-2500K Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z AMD Radeon HD 5970 G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vertex 3 60GB RAID 0 VelociRaptor 300GB XSPC EX240 Rad Black Ice GT 92MM Rad 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT 120MM Rad EK Supreme HF CPU Block EK 5970 Block XSPC 450 Pump/Res Combo 
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Windows 7 Professional x64 3x AOC 2436vw Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition Rosewill 750W HIVE 
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OCZ Vertex 3 60GB's RAID 0 VelociRaptor 300GB EK Maximus IV Block EK FC-7950 Block x2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supreme HF Block D5 w/ BP Dress-up Kit XSPC EX240 Black Ice SR1 360 
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Primochill PrimoFlex 1/2" ID Black 14 NZXT Fans Windows 7 Professional x64 3x AOC 2436V 
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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate BF3 Edition Corsair HX1000 NZXT Switch 810 Black Razer Imperator BF3 Edition 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z AMD Radeon HD 5970 G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vertex 3 60GB RAID 0 VelociRaptor 300GB XSPC EX240 Rad Black Ice GT 92MM Rad 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT 120MM Rad EK Supreme HF CPU Block EK 5970 Block XSPC 450 Pump/Res Combo 
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post #9 of 22
4P servers FTW.

Nothing can match the PPD and PPW of a full blast server setup.

DRats sale is a amazing buy. If you can afford them, jump up and grab em.
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post #10 of 22
2600k all the way, you will be able to pop an Ivy Bridge in there when they come out!

2600k $330
Maximus IV Gene-Z $180
4GB of ram @ 1600MHz or higher or It will slow you down. $30
CX430 V2 $45
a cheap case, like NZXT Source 210 or Source 210 Elite (w/ more fans, USB3) $40

and that's it. thumb.gif
You will get around 80-90k PPD if you set it up correctly, and Fold 24/7
Edited by [March] - 2/4/12 at 8:44pm
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