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I have some spare parts laying around that I would like to put to use folding. I am currently reading up on some of the guides and would like to ask a few questions.

The parts that I have around are

Intel i5 671
AMD 8150 FX
XFX 7970
Asus 5770
Various micro-atx motherboards for the cpu's listed above.

From what I understand Windows is the OS that will most easily work with GPU folding.

What combination of parts (listed above) would you recommend for the best folding rig?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Mudball3 View Post

I have some spare parts laying around that I would like to put to use folding. I am currently reading up on some of the guides and would like to ask a few questions.

The parts that I have around are

Intel i5 671
AMD 8150 FX
XFX 7970
Asus 5770
Various micro-atx motherboards for the cpu's listed above.

From what I understand Windows is the OS that will most easily work with GPU folding.

What combination of parts (listed above) would you recommend for the best folding rig?

Thanks.

Yes, i would use windows with the hardware you listed.

The 8150 - 7970 combo will net you the most PPD.

The 7970 will get you 90-120k ppd depending on overclock.
The 8150 will net you 15-20k ppd depending on overclock.

Be sure to only fold 6-7 cores on your 8150. The 7970 needs the power of 1 core to "feed" it!

This is the guide i always suggest using:

http://www.overclock.net/t/977412/windows-7-complete-client-v7-guide
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I don't know about the Intel CPU, but don't even bother folding on the 5770. It will use way more power than the PPD is worth if you ask me.
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I don't know about the Intel CPU, but don't even bother folding on the 5770. It will use way more power than the PPD is worth if you ask me.

I figured that much but figure I would list everything that I had laying around. The i5 671 (Clarkdale) is a LGA 1156 Socket. I think it was the first gen of the i5 series.
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Yes, i would use windows with the hardware you listed.

The 8150 - 7970 combo will net you the most PPD.

The 7970 will get you 90-120k ppd depending on overclock.
The 8150 will net you 15-20k ppd depending on overclock.

Be sure to only fold 6-7 cores on your 8150. The 7970 needs the power of 1 core to "feed" it!

This is the guide i always suggest using:

http://www.overclock.net/t/977412/windows-7-complete-client-v7-guide

Actually with Core 17 on AMD GPUs you don't need to allocate any CPU cores, only with NV GPUs.  Kinda backward, because on core 16 you had to allocate a core for AMD GPUs, but on core 15 you didn't have to on NV cards.

 

Also, that guide is a bit outdated.

 

Other than that Hatchet is spot on.  8150 - 7970 gets my vote.  You could also throw the little dual core in the core and let it chug on SMP WUs if you want.


Edited by anubis1127 - 9/19/13 at 8:14am
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Thanks anubis and hatchet. Would I be better off just folding on the 7970 and using the i5 or folding on both the 8150 and the 7970. The reason I ask is for PPD/Watts.
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You could run both on an i5 or 8 core FX.

Your GPU gives much better PPD/w than your CPUs, so you might as well underclock and undervolt your CPU and fold on GPU only.

You can get an easy 200KPPD on dual 7970s, that's 1 million points every 5 days.
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