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As the title states, I'm getting together a new build. Now, the biggest problem I'm having is the video card(s)...I don't know if I should pick up 4x 9800GT's or spend the same amount of money on one of the big boy's out there.

Keep in mind, this will be somewhat of a gaming box (Eve Online), but mostly folding 24/7

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post #2 of 19
vid cards 470 would be great for folding-gaming the 480 is better but i think its to overpriced but its up to you.
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4x9800 will probably produce similar performance as a 470, maybe a lil better but it'll consume a lot more power and it'll be more difficult to upgrade.
I'd recommend a 470, or wait about a week or so for one of the dell 480 sales to hit the for sale section for 390-440.
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i would also say 470 for folding power and gaming. the 4 9800s would be better PPD but the power used and heat would be terrible. go with 260s at the lowest.
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I know ATi cards are terrible for folding, but does anyone have any suggestions on an ATi card?

Edit: Thanks for the replies/insight +rep
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by darksun20 View Post
As the title states, I'm getting together a new build. Now, the biggest problem I'm having is the video card(s)...I don't know if I should pick up 4x 9800GT's or spend the same amount of money on one of the big boy's out there.

Keep in mind, this will be somewhat of a gaming box (Eve Online), but mostly folding 24/7

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX


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470 will make you happy and it will be better than 4x9800gt's power/ppd
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post #7 of 19
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I know ATi cards are terrible for folding, but does anyone have any suggestions on an ATi card?

Edit: Thanks for the replies/insight +rep
5850 is the king of performance/price atm. Can OC to match 5870 performance, but performs a bit less than a 470 when dx11 is involved due to no dedicated sp to tesselation.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by darksun20 View Post
As the title states, I'm getting together a new build. Now, the biggest problem I'm having is the video card(s)...I don't know if I should pick up 4x 9800GT's or spend the same amount of money on one of the big boy's out there.

Keep in mind, this will be somewhat of a gaming box (Eve Online), but mostly folding 24/7

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX


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Like the others said, 4x 9800s are horrid electricity users and makes your rig hot.
GTX260 216core edition minimum, though with the GPU3 Beta out with GTX400 support, GTX470/480 sets the new standards for GPU folding.
By the way, I'm pretty sure AMD boards don't natively support SLI, but there are some methods to get it to work.
Try look around OCN Forums if you do plan to SLI on that rig.

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Originally Posted by darksun20 View Post
I know ATi cards are terrible for folding, but does anyone have any suggestions on an ATi card?

Edit: Thanks for the replies/insight +rep
Currently? HD5850/5870 is the top single cards.
HD5970 is ATI's top dual-GPU card.
If you have the money, grab a HD5970 4GB version. I personally liked Sapphire's HD5970 TOXIC best.
If the HD5970 is out of reach, a HD5870/5850 is normally the way to go.

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5850 is the king of performance/price atm. Can OC to match 5870 performance, but performs a bit less than a 470 when dx11 is involved due to no dedicated sp to tesselation.
Yes, but the 5870 can also OC. The 5xxx cards generally OC very well so you can't use that to justify buying a 5850 over a 5870.
Unless it's about budget.
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post #9 of 19
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I know ATi cards are terrible for folding, but does anyone have any suggestions on an ATi card?

Edit: Thanks for the replies/insight +rep
It's not just their PPD, but while running the GPU client along side the SMP client you'll notice a severe decrease in your SMP folding. There are some variables you can try that can somewhat help this, but if you're a folder I'd pretty much recommend stay away from ATI all together.

You can get a GTX 470 over at Tiger Direct for $300 with BCB
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It's not just their PPD, but while running the GPU client along side the SMP client you'll notice a severe decrease in your SMP folding. There are some variables you can try that can somewhat help this, but if you're a folder I'd pretty much recommend stay away from ATI all together.

You can get a GTX 470 over at Tiger Direct for $300 with BCB
Which has more or less ended. There is a workaround, be we don't know if it actually works (due to the time delay)...
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