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I'm looking to augment my existing PPD by reviving some older components into a semi-dedicated, GPU folding rig.

I'd like to find a sweetspot for performance/value and try to keep the box's impact on my office minimal when left running 24/7. Any suggestions for a GPU that maximizes PPD per unit of heat/power and or dollar?

Just in case it matters, the list of parts I have on hand for this build are as follows:
This will be my first shot at GPU folding and (I'm assuming) nVidia cards, so any input would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 19
Best bang for the buck will be the 8800GTS/GT. Both get between 5-6k PPD, and can be had for under $70
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post #4 of 19
If I were you, I'd go for a motherboard with more PCI-Ex16 slots so later on you can add more GPU's to fold with.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by WoofWoof View Post
If I were you, I'd go for a motherboard with more PCI-Ex16 slots so later on you can add more GPU's to fold with.
I already own the motherboard from a project box. If my first shot at this little experiment goes well, I may be looking into expanding later, but my suspicion is that I'd be better off just building another i7 if I start going down the path of buying a lot of new parts.
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post #6 of 19
If I may, looking at a lot of GPU's in the past few weeks, might I suggest a used 250GTS? 128 shaders but with better power usage? Basically it's an updated 8800/9800GTX+. Probably could be had for 80-110 on the FS boards

HEH, for example: Palit GTS 250
Edited by mike44njdevils - 6/7/10 at 1:33pm
post #7 of 19
8800GTS/9800GTX+/GTS250's have been going for ridiculously cheap in the for sale section, like $60-70 shipped. That's about the cheapest 6-7k you're going to get, with reasonable power usage and heat.
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post #8 of 19
I agree on the gts 250's, you also don't need a $200 power supply to run a few of them.
    
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post #9 of 19
About four months ago it was implied I made a poor choice when picking the 9800GTX+for 134.00 (inclusive shipping off the egg) turned out too have been an excellent choice, only 2.1K behind my 275 that cost 275.00. The 9800GTX+ has all the high temp bugs worked out of it that should keep you away from the 8800 series (found that out by pratical experience also, bought two for 70.00 shipped, but they have poor cooling).
Edited by PCCstudent - 6/7/10 at 2:29pm
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post #10 of 19
G92 8800's have no cooling issues at all, and actually run quite cool. With a 70F ambient, my card never cracked 60C with the fan on 70% (which was slow enough to keep it quiet). I was amazed at how cool it ran. With the Musashi on it, it runs at the same temps my 8600GT did with the Musashi on it.
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