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Would you recommend an i7 or x6 machine for a 24/7 folding rig... I am also very much into overclocking, so which also which one seems to pull out higher PPD's clock for clock??? Actually, I kind of lied about the "24/7" part because I will also be using this rig for some light, but frequent gaming sessions of Valve FPS's @ a resolution of 1440x900, and encoding using the x264 HD codec from DVD format to that of an iPod Nano (M4v @ 320x)... After I have decided this... I will go over some of the other components that I will include...
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None, honestly, I would wait for Sandy Bridge, it's only 8 days until it's released...
    
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intel for the time being is the better folder, clock for clock their architecture is better for the duties.
To give you an idea, at stock clocks my X6 1055T only got between 500-1000PPD more on the same WUs than my QX9650 - 6 core @ 2.8 vs 4 core at 3.0 = intel win.

As kcuestag says though, wait for sandybridge... It'll be interesting to see what bulldozer brings to the table in Q2 2011 as well.
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Definitely i7 something or other. Whether that is Sandy or an i7-900 is the question. There are many great deals to be had on i7-900 around now in the classifieds and elsewhere.

Odds are AMD's Bulldozer will finally catch up to Nehalem, but I doubt it will compete with high-end Sandybridge systems.
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Based on what you described, i7 is better. However, you have pushed x4 965 at 4G so I would wait a bit to see if i7 or x6 price drop when SB is out.
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I7, current 9xx or prob sb. 4ghz on my 920 nets me anywhere between 22k-33k folding 24/7 as a dedicated folder.

You can build an I7 920 rig for cheap now. I'm talking $500 for a bare bones build.

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I7, current 9xx or prob sb. 4ghz on my 920 nets me anywhere between 22k-33k folding 24/7 as a dedicated folder.

You can build an I7 920 rig for cheap now. I'm talking $500 for a bare bones build.

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Yea... I am kind of thinking of going with an LGA1366 i7 because I will be getting high performance at a much cheaper price... I don't think that the increase in performance from 1366 to 1155 would be noticeable if at all... the LGA1366 socket will still be the choice for enthusiasts until Ivy Bridge so until then... hello 1366 i7's!!!
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Yea... I am kind of thinking of going with an LGA1366 i7 because I will be getting high performance at a much cheaper price... I don't think that the increase in performance from 1366 to 1155 would be noticeable if at all... the LGA1366 socket will still be the choice for enthusiasts until Ivy Bridge so until then... hello 1366 i7's!!!
The good thing is alot of people are dumping their 1366 and 1156 rigs for SB. Its a great time to score some deals.
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i7 definitely between the two. I'd wait for Ivy though, at that point SB and 1366 should be cheaper as well.
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i7.
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