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So I have been out of the game for a while, and I was starting to look around to see what hardware setup is the new hotness...
So is cpu folding old news? should you just buy cheaper cpu and motherboard with 7950 gpu ? Is Nvidia getting the shaft from the 79xx series cards? so cheap amd x2black edition with a board and two gts450 still a good options for a cheap budget build. I am kinda lost on info before 26000k where doing bigadva was where I left off.. Looking for some current 411 on the folding experts for ppd power
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I left off in the same spot, I'm interested in this info as well.
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CPU if you're willing to invest money for the long-run.
GPU if you're interested in getting started quickly.

Take a look at these to see what you want to get invested in...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1308319/a4-projects-ppd-database (CPU Database)
http://www.overclock.net/t/475163/folding-home-gpu-ppd-database (GPU Database)

My i7 3820 @ 4.3 would get me 20-25k PPD. It costs around 200-300 USD.
My 7950 @ stock nets me 70-90k. It costs around $200-250 (I got it from a fellow user on here for $182).

You may want to consider NVIDIA simply because Core 17 WUs can be folded under Ubuntu, which tend to yield higher PPD results than doing it under Windows (I'm implying that no ATI/AMD card can fold under Ubuntu).

Now, the only way you're gonna net some serious PPD is by investing in Xeons or Opterons. AKA building a 2 or 4P system. Sure it's really expensive, but if you're willing to throw down the cash that's your best bet. If you know you'll never do something like that or it's gonna be a while, stick with GPU folding.
Edited by tmontney - 10/21/13 at 9:40am
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