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Hey guys I'm just getting into this and I realize that since I want to use my sig rig most of the time I may be better off making a little folding rig.

I was thinking of those single slot 460's in a tiny case, what do you think is a reasonable price to expect for a rig like that.

I won't use it for anything but folding so I assume I will only need a cheap cpu correct?

Lets assume I'm building from the ground up but I know I can scrounge up some parts somewhere, psu, ram, etc.
post #2 of 37
Those single slot cards are a little expensive.
Main reason to get those if you plan on getting a 5-7 PCI-E slot mobo where you can fit them all.

Any cheap dual core can power up 4 Fermi cards, check the OCN market.

I have to leave now if not I would build you something, also post a budget...
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I'm wondering what a budget for this would be but $500ish sound reasonable?
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I think you should try to cheap out on anything BUT the chip.

I know BIOstar has some boards that are micro ATX, HT 2600, Supports up to a 125W CPU (And the six core)

And its only $50.
You can get a case that will fit it all for less then $20
Antec 350W PSu for $30
AMD hexa-core ~$250
And a used GTX 460 for ~$150

You will get desent PPD for a relatively low price
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Why do I need a good chip for GPU folding?

Edit: Also is there an impact folding-wise on 768mb 460's vs the 1gb one?
Edited by tats - 1/21/11 at 10:46am
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Why do I need a good chip for GPU folding?
Because its not just about GPU folding.

CPu is pretty important because you can use a SMP & it can potentially bottle neck(?)


Well heres a build w/ out the video cards


Edited by StuffStuff1 - 1/21/11 at 10:49am
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I'm pretty sure you can get a much cheaper CPU to power a GPU farm...
 
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post #8 of 37
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Thanks for the build!

Lets say though that I want to just make a 3-4 card folding setup - would I save money (and get equivalent folding done) if was to add another card instead of spending $250 on a chip?
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Thanks for the build!

Lets say though that I want to just make a 3-4 card folding setup - would I save money (and get equivalent folding done) if was to add another card instead of spending $250 on a chip?
I think you would be better off both electric bill and pocket money wise to just skip the GPUs and build a bidadv smp rig (CPU folding)

less noise... less heat... less electricity turn it on and forget about it
    
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GPU builds give you the advantage of having hourly updates though...
 
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