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I'm planning to get an AsRock 775 PCI-E/AGP mobo....since I have a ton of AGP cards and 1 PCI-E card

Is it possible to run two video cards at the same time on this board?

Also, should I get an e4400 now (knowing about the 290mhz to 300mhz FSB wall) or get an e2140/e2160 and get an e4500 later? (Or even later, the e4600?)

What cooling would I need to bring any of these CPU's to the 300FSB? (I was thinking a refurbished Zalman 9500 would be enough)

Thanks!

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Is it possible to run two video cards at the same time on this board?
Yes, though you'd have to configure your primary display adapter aswell. It would operate in a simliar way that my own system would if I added a third PCI video card.

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Also, should I get an e4400 now (knowing about the 290mhz to 300mhz FSB wall) or get an e2140/e2160 and get an e4500 later? (Or even later, the e4600?)
If it were me I would simply opt for the cheapest CPU with the highest possble multiplier I could afford.

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What cooling would I need to bring any of these CPU's to the 300FSB? (I was thinking a refurbished Zalman 9500 would be enough)
Due to the poor FSB capabilities of the cheap AsRock board's an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 would be enough, so a Zalman 9500 isn't so essential.
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Hey there! Thanks for helping an OCN member in a time of need

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Yes, though you'd have to configure your primary display adapter aswell. It ouwld operate in a simliar way that my own system would if I added a third PCI video card.
Alright, cool. So if I have two X19xx series cards, I could fold with both of them correct?
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If it were me I would simply opt for the cheapest CPU with the highest possble multiplier I could afford.
With the Core 2 architecture correct? Would you recommend a single core such as the Conroe-L 440? Or should I go dual and get the e2160?

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Due to the poor FSB capabilities of the cheap AsRock board's an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 would be enough, so a Zalman 9500 isn't so essential.
I was wondering about that...because I could get a refurbed Zalman 9500 for $32 shipped.

edit: Actually I decided on a new Cooler Master Hyper TX for $32 shipped ($22 after rebate)
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Alright, cool. So if I have two X19xx series cards, I could fold with both of them correct?
I'll answer that with info regarding the GPU client found at Stanford's Folding homepage.

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Multiple GPUs are currently supported (see instructions below), but Crossfire is not supported -- Crossfire will make FAH run more slowly than using a single GPU (this isn't a bug as much as a fundamental issue regarding the nature of a Crossfire/SLI type architecture).

LeLand Stanford Junior University, 2007, Folding@Home on ATI GPU's;
http://folding.stanford.edu/FAQ-ATI.html
Accessed: 04/07/2007
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With the Core 2 architecture correct? Would you recommend a single core such as the Conroe-L 440? Or should I go dual and get the e2160?
I wouldn't consider anything but a Core 2. In my opinion you're best off with Dual Core these days unless you're on a really tight budget. I've seen people hit decent overclocks with the Pentium branded E2160 on the AsRock board's. A CPU with a higher multiplier wont is better as you aren't going to be going much over 290FSB with the board anyway. You should be able to get an E4300 up to 3.0Ghz or 3.2Ghz without too much effort if that CPU is in your budget.
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I'll answer that with info regarding the GPU client found at Stanford's Folding homepage.
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I wouldn't consider anything but a Core 2. In my opinion you're best off with Dual Core these days unless you're on a really tight budget. I've seen people hit decent overclocks with the Pentium branded E2160 on the AsRock board's. A CPU with a higher multiplier wont is better as you aren't going to be going much over 290FSB with the board anyway. You should be able to get an E4300 up to 3.0Ghz or 3.2Ghz without too much effort if that CPU is in your budget.
Thanks again, I think I will get the e2160. Hopefully I'll be able to get it close to the 300FSB wall.
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Good luck, hopefully you'll manage similar results as Paulus who was useing the E2140.
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