Originally Posted by TechCrazy
Im new to this and want to know if its worth building a little rig ~$400 that could crunch 24/7 instead of my main that I game on which will end up going about 14hrs? I was looking at newegg I could get a AMD A4,mb,ram,psu,case for ~$250 then pick up a used gpu from the OCN marketplace. Ive wanted to do F@H but BOINC seems easier to use so Im doing this instead.
Creating a dedicated 24/7 BOINC rig usually ends up earning more points over the long run than faster hardware that runs occasionally. Even when running BOINC 24/7 on your main computer, you will be ultimately losing points because of gaming, encoding, web browsing, movie watching, and restarting for updates.
Before you purchase new hardware, take a look at the projects and decide which you want to run. Different projects run better on Nvidia than AMD and vise-versa. Also, there are numerous projects that are CPU only. These don't provide a lot of points, but are generally more medical (better humanity) type projects.
Dedicated GPU Crunching Rig Recommendations = Cheaper CPU (can save money here), Stronger PSU and multiple PCI-E slot Motherboard to allow multi-gpu upgrade, AMD or Nvidia GPU based on favorite projects
Dedicated CPU Crunching Rig Recommendations = unlocked i5 or i7 process, Strong CPU cooler, average PSU, average GPU or onboard GPU, Motherboard that can handle overclocking