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So I've heard/read different things about the best build for folding, but haven't seen any recent threads discussing the best parts for the job. I've been told the newest Intel chips are the best for folding while some people say some AMD chips are, so I'm torn as to whether to switch to an Intel/nvidia build or stick with my AMD/ATI build and just get water cooling. I game and like to stream as well, and have been making Newegg wish lists for a while now on builds I'd like to put together once I have the funds. Ideally I want to hit 35 rep so I can sell off parts of my current rig once I've reached the point of buying my new one.

Background aside, I wanted to try and start a discussion about an optimal build; a build that pumps out PPD like a boss yet does not lack in its ability to game. Any and all input is appreciated, and if I get enough input and data I could try and make this into a resource thread that provides tables and charts of information for people to utilize when building a rig. I'm unaware if there is something to this extent available, since I was unable to find it myself. This is just an idea and will require the help of those smarter than I in this arena to be accomplished.

I am highly OCD about data gathering and display, so I should not have trouble organizing it once I've gained enough input if this thread becomes something useful to others tongue.gif

Thanks guys, cheers
    
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PPD and gaming?

 

i7 3930k with as many GTX 580s as you can get - have one GPU dedicated for gaming (or 2 in SLI if you need it), and then leave the rest Folding 24/7. FAH GPU Tracker can be set up so all your GPUs are Folding, but whenever you open a game, some GPUs will go off.

 

Just PPD, gotta be a 4p 6174 rig. :P

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Are you looking to compete in Team Competition?

If so it really depends which category you're interested in competing in. It doesn't take anything special really.

If you're looking to compete however, you don't want a machine that you also game on as it needs to be dedicated every month.

PPD like a boss you say? That's a 4p rig!

PPD like a gangster? That's a 2011 build.

PPD that's baby g? 2600k.
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PPD and gaming?

i7 3930k with as many GTX 580s as you can get - have one GPU dedicated for gaming (or 2 in SLI if you need it), and then leave the rest Folding 24/7. FAH GPU Tracker can be set up so all your GPUs are Folding, but whenever you open a game, some GPUs will go off.

Just PPD, gotta be a 4p 6174 rig. tongue.gif

is the i7 3930k the best intel cpu out right now?
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Are you looking to compete in Team Competition?
If so it really depends which category you're interested in competing in. It doesn't take anything special really.
If you're looking to compete however, you don't want a machine that you also game on as it needs to be dedicated every month.
PPD like a boss you say? That's a 4p rig!
PPD like a gangster? That's a 2011 build.
PPD that's baby g? 2600k.

2011 build?
    
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is the i7 3930k the best intel cpu out right now?

SB-E hexes is the best (unless there are some unlocked octa Xeons) single CPU, and a 3930K is a SB-E with six cores so yes.

But why not a SR-2 with two OC Hexes? I think VBox can handle 24 threads in one VM (read it here on OCN I believe), you wanna fold the CPU(s) under Linux to get the best of them, but Win for GPUs and games.

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2011 build?

Socket 2011; 3820, 3930K, 3960X etc.
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I was reading that there are issues with the GTX 600 series GPUs and folding. Do you think they'll support them soon enough?
    
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They're supported at the moment. not optimised, but still get ~15k PPD.

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They're supported at the moment. not optimised, but still get ~15k PPD.

Well maybe by the time I can afford to get new parts and have enough rep to sell my current build here they'll be optimised lol
    
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15k isn't that bad. You can still use it. :P

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