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Hey guys,
I have a friend who works in a research lab that is looking to purchase a new computer for some highly-CPU intensive number crunching. I don't have a lot of information right now, and I will update when I do, but the budget is ~$3000. biggrin.gif

I have no idea where to even start with that kind of a figure and immediately thought that someone on here might have an idea when I remembered seeing an image of four Hyper 212s stuck into a motherboard. The parameters I have been given are "as fast as possible."

Let me know what you think. Xenon vs i7, single or multi-cpu, etc.

FOR SCIENCE!
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2P Intel Xeon rig will give you the best bang for buck under $3k. Once you get more information, please share as it will help decide what components are needed!
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So, it turns out that the software is not capable of multi-threading frown.gif
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So, it turns out that the software is not capable of multi-threading frown.gif


Ahh, well in that case, probably the fastest single thread CPU out right now is probably an OC'd Haswell.

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What kind of number crunching software is not multithreaded?!?!?
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What kind of number crunching software is not multithreaded?!?!?

Something where the next step in the algorithm always depends on the answer to the previous step.
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I haven't really ever heard of a computer system needed for a specific single thread calculation. I can't really even think of a scenario where that would exist. You're talking about needing to make millions of calculations, but all of them depend on the previous answer. Its like trying to exactly calculate the value of a trig function.
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If your looking for the best at 3k , you can actually fit a 4p intel 2011 xeon build in the budget with a little bit of wiggle room. It takes finding a deal on ebay (a few members over where I fold have found 4p chips for $500 each, and deals on boards), paired with 1gb sticks (to save on cost) you will be around 3k to 3500, but will net you upwards of 1 mil PPD within F@H ..... this requires patience in finding stuff biggrin.gif Do note that a case is not included, but all *real* folders fold with naked systems on plywood biggrin.gif

Hope it helps



Otherwise a 2p intel 2011 build can be built well within the budget, and produce ~300 to 400k ppd (again withing F@H, I dont have BOINC information for these type of machines)
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