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post #1 of 19
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I know a lot of people are putting together folding farms these days. I was looking around and found a great low end server from Dell that has tremendous performance / cost ratio.

A Dell Precision 690 with 2 quad core Kentsfields, 2 GB of memory, XP Pro 64bit, 128GB workstation videocard, CD-Rom, and a 80GB harddrive will run you $3382. That gives you 8 cores of folding power. This is about $420 per core, which isn't bad. This will also be more compact and use less power than individual systems.

I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone looking to put together a serious folding farm.
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post #2 of 19
Nice, but the downfall is you can't overclock it. Plus, you have to invest it all at once. For just a bit over $800 you can build a really nice rig around a E6300, which will overclock well. Combined, four of those will outperform the stock Kentsfield.

  • MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $115.99
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 $183.50
  • RAM: Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $229.99
  • Video: Leadtek PX6200TD-128M GeForce 6200 128MB DDR PCI Express x16 $39.99
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB $43.99
  • DVD: LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner $29.99
  • CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler $29.99
  • Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel $44.99
  • PSU: SILVERSTONE SST-ST50EF ATX12V 500W $87.50
Subtotal: $805.93

Four of them will be $3,223.72

Also, you can build two with Kentsfields (say, $1,000 for the CPU), for $3,244.86 total
    
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post #3 of 19
Looking away from cost and overclocking, look at heat/noise/space and a rack server should win.
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post #4 of 19
That's true

But... if you're serious about it, don't get a case, (saves $179.96) and build your own rack.

And hey, we are an overclock forum, arent we
    
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post #5 of 19
Seems a waste to NOT overclock a C2D
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post #6 of 19
You guys, you don't need 2 Gbs of ram per machine in a folding farm, F@H doesn't use that much RAM. For four rigs, get two sets of 2 * 512 and put one stick in each machine.
post #7 of 19
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I just think the server is a better idea because, like Mebby said, you have one machine, that puts out less heat, noise, and takes up less space. Even if you don't do it with Dell, you can probably build your own (good luck getting your hands on a Kentsfield). IBM also has some nice servers, however, they do not have Kentsfield yet.
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post #8 of 19
You're right, it is an excellent price-performance ratio- However, if I were to build a folding farm, you betcha it would be overclocked....*thinks* and all watercooled!

But honestly- You could dedicate 1 room of your house just to PC Modding and your folding farm. Or even your closet, just a spot to keep all those rigs in check. For sheer space saving, the servers are great- They would work awesome. Are they 1U, 2U or 3U?

Me? I'd do a farm and build my own custom case, capable of housing up to 10 motherboards/coolers. Have 3 Liang D5's in series, and watercool the whole thing. Oh, and make the motherboard trays slidable, like I did in the TechStation.

That's just me though Give up space in favor of performance.
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post #9 of 19
I'd have a few XServer's going. <3
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post #10 of 19
I actually just included 2GB to match the price of the server

But yes, less RAM would do nicely.... and clear up enough money to build a very nice frame. Even if you get this Crucial stuff, you'd still save like $460 if you get two kits and split them along the four rigs. I think you can build a very nice rack for that... that can hold plenty of mobos

I am also in the camp of giving up space for performance
    
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