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Looking for some input for my folding machines (upgrades)

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Alright, so I have two little machines cranking away. They are working as hard as they can but the results are less than stellar.

Machine 1:

ASRock H61M-DGS w/ 4GB 1333 RAM and a Pentium G840 2.80ghz, Linux Mint 14 on a 30GB SSD, 550W NAXN PSU

Machine 2:

Some kind of ECS H61 mATX board with 4GB 1333 RAM and a Celeron G530 2.40ghz running Ubuntu 12.04 on an 80GB HDD, 350W Antec PSU

The combined output of these two beasts is somewhere around 5500PPD, which is crap.

I have exactly $100 to throw at each, and my first instinct is to grab some GPU's and stop messing with the SMP folding as the dual-cores are simply too slow. What would be the best bang for my buck here? Both are mATX with one PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot.
post #2 of 4
Guess it depends on the future of core 17 work units. If they last a 7970 or a 7950 would be great. A 7970 can get 120 - 130 k ppd on a core 17 wu.

Sell all your spare parts and keep one mb and cpu to keep a 7970 alive.

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Can you even run AMD cards in Linux/Ubuntu? If that isn't the case, then yes AMD is doing better with the new Core 17s.

My inclination would be combine your money and get the best you can(these WUs prefer power house GPUs). I'm not sure if this is the correct card, but 7870s seem to get over 50k PPD for extremely low wattage. My GTX 580 is netting that much, but probably using double wattage. Around $100 each all I can think of is 2 650tis, or 1 bigger GPU in regards to stream processors/CUDA cores.
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Well I ended up getting not one but a pair of GTX 480's for a good price. I will just switch the machines to windows 7, no big deal.
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