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I am looking to upgrade my rig to fold a bit better. I have a total budget of about $450 which I could stretch for the right option. I'm leaning towards another 7970 and a waterblock for it. I've been out of it for a while, so I'm wondering if that makes the most sense. Thanks for anyone's help.
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I am looking to upgrade my rig to fold a bit better. I have a total budget of about $450 which I could stretch for the right option. I'm leaning towards another 7970 and a waterblock for it. I've been out of it for a while, so I'm wondering if that makes the most sense. Thanks for anyone's help.
Ever thought about giving a 2P folder a shot? If you know where and how to look you can find deals on server hardware, and throw together a fairly respectable 2P rig within your budget. Depending on how many threads it has (SMP FAH is extremely dependent on thread count. The more the better.), you could be looking at easily over 200K ppd. PM me because i might be able to help you get a 2P folder going for cheap. I got the CPUs, just no board.
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A 7970 should get you around 105-130k PPD on the core 17 WUs.  If you wanted to add another I'm sure you could find a used one with block for close to $300 these days.

 

That being said, 2Ps are more fun, but a lot more than $300 typically.  I know I spent around $1400 getting my 2P together, and that was cheap for a 2P 2011 socket build. 

 

GPUs are typically easier to unload later too.

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Do you pay your own power bill? Just something to think about when you're considering your budget. Typically the difference in power usage is marginal between GPUs for the occasional gaming session, but if you're gonna be folding 24/7, having a GPU thats not electrically efficient will make a dent in your wallet in the long run
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Do you pay your own power bill? Just something to think about when you're considering your budget. Typically the difference in power usage is marginal between GPUs for the occasional gaming session, but if you're gonna be folding 24/7, having a GPU thats not electrically efficient will make a dent in your wallet in the long run

I do pay my own power bill, but for the sake of this argument, lets consider that a moot point. I'm a Controls Engineer, so it's not like this will put me out of house and home, or else I wouldn't be looking to spend money on folding in the first place. I do understand where you're coming from though.

My main thought with a 7970 is it gives me an extra edge in 1440p gaming. The 2P system intrigues me in the sense that I just never thought of it. Giving it some serious thought now though.
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