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Which setup would be best for folding?

post #1 of 16
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Hi everyone

I am currently folding on my gaming rig (specs are below) I am running both CPU and GPU folding (nice and toasty warm over here)

I am thinking of building a budget folding rig to run in the background whilst using my gaming rig to be able to well...game lol only started folding and its a bit addictive! don't need to bother with prime 95 or intel burn test when im folding!

I am in the process of creating a project for a max overclock using a 478/775 system and phase cooling, so should be running 6Ghz which I have promised Zodac I will use for folding, at least phase change cooling doesn't evaporate!

Basically my question is this, should I build a basic BUDGET folding rig with either:
  • AMD X2 or Pentium D?
  • single good card or Sli budget cards?

What would be the best budget CPU for folding?

Please note that this rig will be quite basic and stripped down, I can't really afford to put in an X6 or an i7 like some of your guys can and I can't really afford to spend £100s on graphics cards.

I am thinking probably a 775 system with a good overclock might be good? Used parts would be cheap and there will be lots of support.

What does everyone suggest?
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post #2 of 16
X6 or i7 for CPU folding I'd say. Your better off buying a boat load of 450's, you'll get more points that way.
post #3 of 16
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I can't afford an i7 or X6 for this budget rig, I have seen quite a few seeminly running on core 2 duos though, are the AMD x2s any good to fold on?

I have a 450 GTS in my main rig, can't really afford to buy lots of them lol are there any old school sli setups that I could use?

Im not really up on graphics cards etc, I am guessing that the top end graphics cards back when I first overclocking (I stopped overclocking when the Pentium D 805 came out) would now be budget cards?
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post #4 of 16
if your planning to fold on both gpu's and cpu's you'll need a beefy cpu. 9600GSO's are dirt cheap now if you find them.
post #5 of 16
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Hmm will the 9600 GSO SLI? wonder if I can find a cheap quad SLI board lol doubt that though!

Would an Intel Core 2 quad be ok?

Also, how important is RAM when folding?
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post #6 of 16
You dont need SLI for folding. Just as long as you have PCI-E slots you can fold on as many cards as you can fit on your board.
post #7 of 16
A core 2 quad would be fine for SMP folding, especially if you're not running any Fermi cards. I did quite a bit of folding on my Q6600 @ 3.6ghz. If you're looking to save money, you could build a system for just GPU folding, though... Snag up the cheapest s775 cpu you can find, and grab a board with 4+ pcie slots, then just throw a handful of 9600gso's in there.
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post #8 of 16
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I have asked on the Nvidia subforum and they have suggested getting some 9800 GX2 cards, as they have twin GPUs, am I able to fold on both GPUs on each of the boards, ie only needing 2 cards to fold on 4 GPUs?

Am I looking for a board that had dual PCIe x16s?
Edited by m1tch - 1/23/11 at 1:17pm
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post #9 of 16
If your in the UK, I've seen a used 9800GX2 for sale in a local CEX shop.
post #10 of 16
AMD dual core can get around 2-3 k, which over a month, is 60-90k. And over a year thats quite alot.
A cheap AMD single core can power about 3-4 fermi cards, so depending on how many cards youll have you can net some serious points in the long run from a cheap dual or quad
    
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