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post #1 of 10
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Ok I am building this for folding only for now, for my team.

Please tell me if there is anything that won't work together.

E8400
DFI Iron Blood

Spare parts I already have lying around, but I want to make sure they work well with the above stuff I don't.
1gb Team Extreme Dark
Powercolor x1600pro 512mb
Lite On Dvd-rw
Apevia Xcruiser
80Gb+80Gb Seagate Sata hdd's
Rosewill 550W psu
post #2 of 10
Looks nice for a folding rig. Couple comments:

1) no need for RAID. Folding doesn't use much hard drive... and if it does, access times matter more than bandwidth. A single drive probably is a better solution even.

2) I think even that video card is overkill... I'd get the cheapest card you can find, as long as it doesn't use system RAM

3) Why the DVD-RW? Ever gonna burn DVD's with a folding rig? You'll probably run Linux on it, so the cheapest optical that reads CD's will be just fine

Otherwise, great picks.
    
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Well I guess I should have put that beyond the board and cpu I have the other parts laying around thats why they are going in for now. I know I need to get some much better ram eventually. I wasn't sure on raid, but if it won't help then all is well.

So the iron blood will run the e8400 without any issues right?
post #4 of 10
heck yeah. That's one of the best budget boards for that CPU. Slap a good cooler on that CPU, and you could shoot for 4.0GHz.

The Team Dark... is that DDR2 800?

I think that RAM isn't too bad, and it'll be sufficient for this rig (again, folding... and esp. in Linux, 1GB is plenty).

Note that the E8400 runs a multi of x9. Thus, with RAM at stock, you can hit 3.6GHz already on the CPU. 4.0GHz on the CPU requires DDR2 889 speeds, and I think that the Team DDR2 800 should be able to do that (I am assuming that you'll run CPU:RAM on a 1:1 divider).
    
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I know nothing about intel..so the ram divider I am clueless about.

I ran the team dark at 4-4-4-15 @ 950mhz in my amd.

The cooler I will be using is a Zalman 9500NT, and since its my basement the ambient temps are around 16C-18C.

I was actually thinking of running Xp Pro, but now that you mention it, linux sounds interesting. Lets assume(correctly) that I know nothing about linux is it going to be hard to get a copy(price?) and install and get used to?
post #6 of 10
I'm going to throw this out there. If the rig is purely for folding, why not chuck a Q6600 in there. I assume the price is nearly the same as the E8400 and it must fold better.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by NrGx View Post
I'm going to throw this out there. If the rig is purely for folding, why not chuck a Q6600 in there. I assume the price is nearly the same as the E8400 and it must fold better.
I want to go for team folding, and want to get 3.8ghz-4ghz...I don't really need the extra heat the q6600 puts out, nor the extra price.
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I'm going to throw this out there. If the rig is purely for folding, why not chuck a Q6600 in there. I assume the price is nearly the same as the E8400 and it must fold better.
it's for team folding, and thus he is limited to two (maybe three if one other member only folds one core, which is unlikely...) cores.

That Dark.... more than plenty. The idea is the same for Intel and AMD... if you run RAM 1:1, you're good... and if you run RAM a little faster than the CPU, you're a little better. Seems you actually ran the RAM a LOT faster than the CPU on that AMD rig

No need for a RAM upgrade. These are good numbers. I am pretty sure you can even reach higher clocks when you run CAS5
    
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post #9 of 10
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I have another question I have read that you must have an old intel to update the bios...is this true because I don't own any other intels.
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I have another question I have read that you must have an old intel to update the bios...is this true because I don't own any other intels.
And another question, is the dfi lp dark better than the iron blood?
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