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Well i'm bored with my current BOINCer and would like your guys opinion on this build. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks

2P option but with two PCI-E 2.0-

2x Opteron 6128 LINK I will buy these off ebay
16x Crucial 1333mhz cl9 LINK
1x Supermicro H8DGG-QF-B LINK
2x Coolermaster Hyper 212+ LINK
2x PSU's? opinions? (two lower watt psu's are cheaper then one big one)
1x Dual PSU adapter
2x GPU's? opinions?

Or my 4P option-

4x Opteron 6128 LINK I will buy these off ebay
16x Crucial 1333mhz cl9 LINK
1x Supermicro H8QGL-IF+ LINK
4x Coolermaster Hyper 212+ LINK
2x PSU's? opinions?
1x Dual PSU adapter
1x GPU's? opinions? the 4P board only has one PCI-E 2.0 x16 so I was think a dual GPU card
Edited by Hydrored - 3/2/12 at 8:37pm
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I hope you would keep your "BOINC Rig" active smile.gif Those 6970s will put out far more work than even 32 cores on the Opterons. Ultimately it depends what your project goals are. You will crunch through some crazy World Community Grid work units with quad Opterons, but it would only net maybe 16k ppd. Something like PrimeGrid would be between 150-200k ppd for 32 cores. I'm taking a guess at these figures as we have no Opteron data in our spreadsheet.

For GPUs, I believe the 5870s are the best PPD per $, based on the card cost, when running MooWrapper. How it compares to power usage of CPU tasks, I really don't have any idea. For Folding, stacking CPUs is more cost effective in the long run from what I hear.

Memory, a quad CPU system would look funny with less than 16gb of ram, but it is not necessary. 2gb per CPU is more than enough and would still let them run in dual-channel mode. Unless of course you end up running Neurona@Home with their 16gb tasks.
 
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I think 3 Sandy Bridge or Phenom X6 boxes would come close to the performance of a 4P Operatron server for CPU computing, but when you think about GPU computing, you can toss a couple of 5870's in each of the SB/X6 boxes and do some serious GPU crunching.
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My main goal is cpu crunching and i figured might as well throw a gpu in the mix also
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Well, any AMD X6 Thuban processor will out-crunch any Opteron up to twice the core count. It's very easy to get them to 3.75GHz with a 250MHz BClk too... and not to power crazy there... but they push well up to 3.94GHz or so. (mine run 3.75 now).

Expense is another consideration... power consumption another...

The Opterons can likely go faster but BIOS etc. won't let them... they have a different mission... so run slower for low TDP and high reliablility with ECC.

I have always wanted to make a CPU farm based on 1100T chips... 6 MicroATX boards, stock speed and coolers, open base, minimal PSU... can be done for less than 2K.

But, if someone was to give me a deal on a good 2-4 CPU server with some 8-12 Core CPU's, I would certainly consider it...

And Magna-Cours will outperform and BD chip too...

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I will point you to my thread about an interlagos server. There are some interesting replies.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1215766/help-deciding-on-a-dedicated-boinc-motherboard-cpu-setup

Here is a link to an interesting server build.
http://www.totalgeekdom.com/?p=572

Here is a link to a nice server build guide.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1212613/guide-building-a-2p-4p-from-start-to-finish-along-with-ppd-benchmarks-gallery
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why can't they just make a dual 1155 mb?? I would be the first in line to buy one
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why can't they just make a dual 1155 mb?? I would be the first in line to buy one

Not even their 1155 xeon boards have dual socket =/ Reserved for high end. Would be cool, but meh, what's the point? Would have to use xeons = more expensive and no easy overclocking. Cheaper in the end to get two Sandy Bridge boards and chips.

Wonder how expensive the dual 2011 boards will be?
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why can't they just make a dual 1155 mb?? I would be the first in line to buy one

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me and you both..

If you guys really want dual socket, 2011 should be out soon. 4 core cpus would be about the same cost as their 1155 counterpart. The 3820 and 2600k are about the same price. Also, leaked slides show that the xeon equivalent of the 3820 should be about the same price as that. So whether 1155 or 2011, I doubt there is going to be a huge difference in cost for the cpus. It's the mobo that's gonna be pricey either way.

My two cents =/
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