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Wanting to do a build to start a farm with. With a little info from amd guru, he suggested gts 450s were the best bang for your buck. Suggested an AMD mobo and processor as well but I'm kinda partial to intel. So this is what I was looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131594

with either

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115065

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116283

My question is with the gpu3 client using a good bit of processor power, will the 2.8 be sufficient for 4 gts450's or will i be better off with the 3.2?

Another thought was that if I could get an i7 decently priced with a mobo that could hold 4 gts450's, would a quad core be enough to run the 4 cards and do just SMP's at the same time without affecting ppd too much?
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post #2 of 38
A Pentium processor? Don't even think about it. stick with the i5, although I have to disagree with your guru about 4 gts 450s. thats like, what? $520? You are much better off with a gtx 580.
    
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post #3 of 38
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Originally Posted by waparson View Post
Wanting to do a build to start a farm with. With a little info from amd guru, he suggested gts 450s were the best bang for your buck. Suggested an AMD mobo and processor as well but I'm kinda partial to intel. So this is what I was looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131594

with either

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115065

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116283

My question is with the gpu3 client using a good bit of processor power, will the 2.8 be sufficient for 4 gts450's or will i be better off with the 3.2?

Another thought was that if I could get an i7 decently priced with a mobo that could hold 4 gts450's, would a quad core be enough to run the 4 cards and do just SMP's at the same time without affecting ppd too much?
get two gtx 460's.
also, just go amd. its cheaper, and just as good.
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Originally Posted by -Allen- View Post
A Pentium processor? Don't even think about it. stick with the i5, although I have to disagree with your guru about 4 gts 450s. thats like, what? $520? You are much better off with a gtx 580.
For folding? You're crazy.
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post #5 of 38
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he wrote me up a good bit of info, and can explain it better than I can. But it was something along the lines of 4 gts450s = ~34k PPD vs. 1gtx580= ~16kPPD. At about the same cost. I think thats right, it made sense when he explained it anyway
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post #6 of 38
You can find 4x GTS450s for like 90-100 each... go with that. Also, go AMD, you'll get stuff for much cheaper and much more out of it. Also, if you are going intel, get yourself an i5 or something, because it'll die with anything less.
    
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Both of you AMD guys may have me convinced then. AMD Guru suggested this board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-274-_-Product

with a dual core amd processor of at least 3.1. Any particular processor you guys recommend, I dont know much about AMD, last time I build an AMD rig was at least 8 years ago.

Are the GTX 460's decent for folding? I was originally going to go with gtx570's starting with two and adding the other two a few months later. But he said the power and cost compared to the gts 450's werent worth it. Any comments?
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790FX-GD70, 4 GTS 450's, Antec TPQ-850, AthlonII x4, fold away
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post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
790FX-GD70, 4 GTS 450's, Antec TPQ-850, AthlonII x4, fold away
Looks pretty good to me, anyone have anything to say about that setup?

Just trying to get the best bang for the buck here
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post #10 of 38
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Also I just upgraded my main rig to the 980x and RIIIE, so right now I have an i7 940 and RIIE sitting here to either sell or make a third rig for 24/7 bigadv with some various gtx2-- cards since the gpu2 client uses very lil processor power. Or some other variation with that setup.
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