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Hey everyone. I am tired of having my main computer fold at night. For one, it has bright front panel led's that are annoying and i can't turn off...and for another, with everything going in my computer it puts off a lot of heat. Also, i am afraid of folding too much on my laptop for fear of overheating. Anyway, what I want are some suggestions of processors as well as motherboards for a folding computer...I'll probably make 1 or 2 to start off with. I am wanting VERY CHEAP...no case or anything like that. i'll be mounting the boards to some cardboard and setting them on a shelf or something.

I need:

1. Cheap processor (Could be either intel or amd, don't care about brand...just performance) (Also, I'd like this to be an overclockable processor, but one that has a low heat output).

2. Cheap motherboard with onboard graphics. Needs to without-a-doubt support the cpu

3. Cheap PSU to power the rig....needs to be fairly efficient for low heat output....
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post #2 of 15
Get a barebone from egg or buy used parts in the forums.

I helped my co-worker to get parts for his old PC and it worked just fine and didn't spend a lot of money.
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Get a barebone from egg or buy used parts in the forums.

I helped my co-worker to get parts for his old PC and it worked just fine and didn't spend a lot of money.
Well all of the barebones i saw came with cases...and they were like 80 bucks ..

Do you think Celerons would fold good? Or should i stick with P4's or some kind of AMD?
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I suggest for the ppd you go for intel C2D's but the problem I see is that with integrated video there is little room for OCing, most boards w/ integrated video do not have the Bios options availabe to OC...
and for HDs use flashdrives and go linux ubuntu/SUSE/other distro 2GB will do you... you could get a good board and a terrible PCI video card... you'll only need one video card, and simply unplug it from the open board when you've got it folding then swap computers...

good places:
sfbay.craigslist.org/sys/


LOL $10 pci-e video card...but shipping is what'll get u
http://cgi.ebay.com/ATI-X600-small-f...QQcmdZViewItem

Or check out some of these...
http://search.ebay.com/PCI-video-car...cloZQQsbrsrtZd
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post #5 of 15
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Hmmmm...didn't think about the integrated video motherboards not having great OCing capabilities...Yeah, i can get a good cheap pci card...

Any suggestions on just the processor though?

I guess i could get a REAL cheap C2D? What C2D would compare to a 3.0GHz P4 at stock?
Or, also, what AMD chip would compare?
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I think a old p4 3.0ghz will be good.

Or if you get a celeron and overclock it that will be fine.

However I belive that the p4 will be MUCH better.

Or an AMD 3200 would be fine
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post #7 of 15
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I think a old p4 3.0ghz will be good.

Or if you get a celeron and overclock it that will be fine.

However I belive that the p4 will be MUCH better.

Or an AMD 3200 would be fine
Hmmmm....yes I believe i might get both a P4 and a 3200...or i might just start off with one computer...i dunno, lmao

Any idea which P4 model would be comparable to the 3200?
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Having Folded on everything from a P3 to a Q6600 (s 754 Clawhammer3200+/ s 939 Opty155/3700+/X2 3800+/X24400+/X2/4800+/P3 Coppermine/P4s478 2.4/2.5/2.8/3.0e(HT)/s775 P4 540/550ES/E6300/E6600/Q6600) using various platforms from bareback to phase and everything in between I say go bareback with the least expensive C2D on the newly release microATX P5K-VM. Onboard graphics are the way to go for Folding and you obviously will want a cool running board that overclocks well--that's the P5K all over.

You will only need a 350 Watt single rail PSU with about 26A on the rail (Enermax is good) if all you are driving is the CPU/RAM/single HDD. Aircooling will be adequate on the P5K as it runs noticeably cooler than a lot of boards.

The E6300 is a great CPU for folding...any chip with virtualization technolgy is ideal as you can then use SMP and get more points and more work units accomplished in a shorter time.
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Hmmmm....yes I believe i might get both a P4 and a 3200...or i might just start off with one computer...i dunno, lmao

Any idea which P4 model would be comparable to the 3200?
2.8ish

If i remeber correctly

If you do what CD says I would put the e6300 in your current rig and then fold on the p4
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Well all of the barebones i saw came with cases...and they were like 80 bucks ..

Do you think Celerons would fold good? Or should i stick with P4's or some kind of AMD?
Since your wanting efficiency or the most PPD for the least $ for the least heat.

Seems that C2D is the way to go. It would put out more than twice the PPD of a P4 single core.
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