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I am going to start saving for a 24/7 folding rig.I want to stay in Cat III so I am going with the following.Please keep in mind this is only going to be used for folding.

Please rate and comment.

Thank you.

MB-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
PS-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
CPU Cooler-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032
SSD-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-442
OS-Ubuntu 12.10 x64
RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231518
CPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-504&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
DVD/CD-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

In the $900's

Going to start saving on 2-15-13
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post #2 of 27
Is the case big enough for a double slot GPU in the bottom PCI-e slot? GPU folding is the future of FAH.
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You don't really need an SSD, IMO.

The motherboard is nice, but unless you plan to have a 3 GPU setup someday, you might be able to size it down and bump the price down. The RAM is kind of expensive as well, and 4 GB is fine for folding. I have a i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz, GTX 670 FTW, and a 7850 OCed to 1020/1400, and my RAM usage never goes above 2.5 GB in W7 while browsing the internet. I don't think you'll really notice a difference in performance from 2133 RAM compared to 1600. Everything else looks good to me though.

For Ubuntu only folding, a 60-80 GB hard drive would be perfect for that type of computer. A PS3 hard drive, or something of that kind of size would be great as well, but 128 GB SSD isn't really needed. If you're stone set on an SSD though, try looking at a smaller drive, something like 32-64 GB.

With the money you could save on the parts, maybe you could buy a cheap GPU to fold on, something like a 650, 650 Ti, or if you feel like paying a bit more, maybe even a 660. thumb.gif
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post #4 of 27
If you are building a folding rig you do not need a SSD, CD/DVD or 8 gb ram. You can make a bootable usb drive(4gb is fine) to run Ubuntu. That eliminates the need for DVD and the SSD. You can also get 4gb of low voltage Samsung ram. Its cheap and overclocks to 2133mhz pretty easy. 4gb is more than enough for folding. BTW, you dont even need a case for that rig. You can always run naked like a lot of us do. biggrin.gif Those changes will save you a lot of money and will not afffect performance.
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I agree that the SSD and 8GB RAM are overkill for a dedicated folder, save some cash on those. I like the mobo choice...those extra PCI-E slots and SLI capability give you options if you want to do something else with it in the future.

and, speaking as a competitor in Cat 3, by all means, fold a GPU on your Cat 3 machine! While you're at it, go ahead and fold it in windows! wink.gif
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Originally Posted by cam51037 View Post

You don't really need an SSD, IMO.

The motherboard is nice, but unless you plan to have a 3 GPU setup someday, you might be able to size it down and bump the price down. The RAM is kind of expensive as well, and 4 GB is fine for folding. I have a i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz, GTX 670 FTW, and a 7850 OCed to 1020/1400, and my RAM usage never goes above 2.5 GB in W7 while browsing the internet. I don't think you'll really notice a difference in performance from 2133 RAM compared to 1600. Everything else looks good to me though.

For Ubuntu only folding, a 60-80 GB hard drive would be perfect for that type of computer. A PS3 hard drive, or something of that kind of size would be great as well, but 128 GB SSD isn't really needed. If you're stone set on an SSD though, try looking at a smaller drive, something like 32-64 GB.

With the money you could save on the parts, maybe you could buy a cheap GPU to fold on, something like a 650, 650 Ti, or if you feel like paying a bit more, maybe even a 660. thumb.gif

I won't buy another motherboard that doesn't have 3-4 PCI-E slots. It's a good choice for the future of FAH. With the CPU usage coming to GPU folding and the return of QRB at some point it'll be much more efficient with several GPUs and no SMP folding.
post #7 of 27

A lot of the proposed parts are overkill for a single CPU folding rig.  I'd go with this board over the ASRock, similar price, but more stable and consistent vdroop on the GB board. 

 

A 4GB RAM kit would be all you need, but they are tough to come by anymore.  That RAM kit would work fine, but I'm sure you could find something on sale around the time you are going to build.

 

A 600W PSU is also overkill for a single i5, and the CX series is the cheapy Corsair series.  I would go with a nicer PSU with less watts for a similar price, something like this PC Power and Cooling PSU.  If you still want to go with a CX series, you can typically get the CX430 on sale for around $25 AR if you keep an eye out.

 

If you must have a case, that looks OK, but something like the Source 210 would probably do the job for a bit less.  For my TC rig, I have one of these: http://richchomiczewski.wordpress.com/home/trays/ and love it.  Crafted in the US by a top-notch guy. 

 

And what DR said, no need for optical drive, or HDD/SSD really, but if you do want a SSD, just go with a 30GB one, and old OCZ one or something should be less than $40, and would be plenty to install Ubuntu, and FAH on.

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Is the case big enough for a double slot GPU in the bottom PCI-e slot? GPU folding is the future of FAH.

I do not see me stoping SMP folding ever.
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Since you made it a point to emphasize your reply I'll inform you that you completely read way too much the post. And its not the first time either.

With GPU folding doing 20x the work of a CPU and PPD moving towards points for work done, I was stating the facts.
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