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post #71 of 4348
Ick, i needs to get me one of them fancy i7's....my daily output really sucks. Im hoping to up it a bit with my new ram and cooler when it finally arrives.
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i was pricing parts for an i7. with the right combos, i can put one together w/MIRs for under $1k including a 465 Fermi card and a H50 liquid cooler, since I already have a PSU at the house.

Only thing is...I don't know much about i7s. Can the socket 1156 i7s do the 7 virtual core folding thing too?

If so, I'll sell a couple 550BE rigs and get an i7 put together.
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Yeah, the i7 860 can (LGA1156), but I'd try and go with an i7 that supports triple channel; it makes a difference when you start Folding -bigadv.
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Originally Posted by zodac View Post
Yeah, the i7 860 can (LGA1156), but I'd try and go with an i7 that supports triple channel; it makes a difference when you start Folding -bigadv.
is it that memory intensive? size wise?

the setup I looked at was:

i7-870 2.93GHz CPU
eVGA (i know...evil name) 651 socket 1156 mATX mobo
4GB Patriot sector 5 DDR3-1600
Patriot Zephyr 64GB SSD
Corsair H50 liquid cooler
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ThermalTake V9 Black Edition case
msi 465 fermi card

I have an XFX PSU at the house, but I don't know if it could run the Fermi or not. If not, I'd just swap it into another case for a 750 or 850 from one of the other rigs.

But with all the MIRs, I think that thing came out to just under $1k.

If the 3rd memory channel is speed helpful, I'd have to shop a build again. The 1366 mobos are so high dollar. might have to forget the SSD and case.
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post #75 of 4348
Well, it's not essential. louze says he sees no difference between a single stick of RAM and triple channel, while other members have see a 3-4min drop in TPF.

I say if you can budget it in, so for it. Otherwise, you'll still survive.
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I think if I got the thing to liquid OC to 3.8 or 3.9 I'd get good enough performance.

I'll still run XP tho. It has one advantage over Win 7 than I found: smaller memory footprint...means more free RAM and less virtual memory use.
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If it's a Folding only rig, that won't matter. You won't need more than 2GB anyway.
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If it's a Folding only rig, that won't matter. You won't need more than 2GB anyway.
You will if you run Vista.

Well, I wouldn't need an SSD either. But, it's better safe than sorry performance wise. Besides..most people who build folding rigs build with a 250 or 320 or 500GB HD...and a 30-ish and even some 60-ish ones w/MIR are as cheap as a 750GB or 1TB HD. I would just worry about the wear on a SSD and how long it'd last with work data being written all the time.

I'm not really how sure how much RAM FAH uses. Never checked. I know I got my XP Pro x64 footprint down by 100M of use when I turned off some services and what not. And, I could probably get rid of some more if I went to an older video driver with less overhead and got rid of nVidia control panel and all that.

But, I figure FAH could run inside of 3GB...at least, I hope it does.

Besides...Oh yeah...one thing about XP that beats Win 7 hands down:

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OEM DVD w/key - $140
Windows XP Pro x64 OEM CD w/key - $49

low cost FTW
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With my setup now i run no swap file at all and my system is perfectly stable under 24/7 gpu/cpu folding. The only thing i do is pause gpu while im playing wow cuz it really slows things down, but i leave cpu going no problem.
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With my setup now i run no swap file at all and my system is perfectly stable under 24/7 gpu/cpu folding. The only thing i do is pause gpu while im playing wow cuz it really slows things down, but i leave cpu going no problem.
You know what's really sad?

I have a quad core w/8GB of RAM, dual SSDs, and dual 5850s in it which is my sig rig that is basically what I game and/or develop software on...and, I bet I don't power it on more than 4 hours in a day.

If I put an i7 together, it will be expressly for folding...I couldn't justify playing games on it.

But...I just bought 2 GTX465s, so that will knock my PPD up another 20k or so...
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