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Building multiple BOINC machines from spare parts.

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Sup forum!? I almost have enough spare parts to build 2 more pc's. I would be using them as dedicated Boinc machines, and would be running constantly. Also, I have read that Ubuntu will support Boinc so I am thinking of using them as the operating system.

Question though......The CPU/Board for one would be my old Phenom 2 965 and 880 motherboard, and the second will probably be my gf's 1035 Phenom 2 X6 on a budget am3+ board. I will be getting her an 8320 I think for her bday.

Is it worth it to build these rigs for this purpose or should I just sell them and build a bigger/better system. I don't know much about how Boinc uses these processors as far as points/efficiency or single threaded utilization....

I'm only about 125$ away from buidling both rigs. Just need new power supplies.
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might have a psu. what size are you needing?
    
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Mostly depends on your project you decide on running. In boinc you can choose either gpu or cpu projects and thats where your hardware starts to decide what route you go. If you decide on a gpu project like collatz your parts are fine because the crunching on gpu and you only need in most cases 1 thread per gpu.

Any GPUs?

Now if you decide to go cpu crunching your 6 core will preform just nicely and will see some time differences on the 4core. The only thing I warn about cpu crunching is you want to make sure you have a good NB cooler on mb and cpu heatsink. I prefer gpu crunching because its not completely bottlenecked by your cpu. If you really want to make your computer heat your house you could run a cpu and gpu project at once. Fightingmalaria@home and collatz are a good combo if you have enough resources.

You mentioned points and as far as I can tell GPU projects give more points per day.
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Every bit helps smile.gif

I'd advise getting a good PSU : you don't want the same thing that happened to Finrond's PC. Secondly. it helps with the power bill as far as GPU crunching (Broadway NC is about 13.6cents / kwh?) .
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I'll probably be going with Antec basiqs since I won't be getting any dedicated GPU's in the new rigs. I've been running a 350 watter in my parents PC for 3 years at 24/7. Been a tough little unit. Then again I'll keep an eye out on deals.
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I won't be getting any dedicated GPU's in the new rigs

Cpu only is good to. Id look at fightingmalaria@home it has consistent WUs, short WU times and you get decent ppd.


Found a couple PSUs for you:

CORSAIR CXM series CX500M


CORSAIR CX series CX500

I would get the 500M because its modular there for you wont have a bunch of random cables that you'd use for GPUs. But expires tomorrow so buy quick.

The other 500w psu promo expires on 11/7 so you have a couple days but that one isnt modular.
Edited by TechCrazy - 11/3/13 at 12:26pm
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Fight malaria usually has consistent WU's but they are inbetween projects at the moment, not sure when the work will be back.

EDIT: Looks like they'll be up anytime between now and this afternoon.
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