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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?
9800 gx2 are great folders, but when looking for a motherboard you dont need x16 to be able to fold, im pretty sure even x4 wouldnt bottleneck the card just for folding
    
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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?
AMD's dual core chips are generally poor folders. If you must stick with dual core, go with an Intel Core i3 with hyperthreading. You can hit 5-7k PPD if you overclocked it to around 3.8GHz.

On the other hand, you can get an Athlon II X3 chip for cheap and unlock it to a Phenom II X4 quad core with the push of a few keys in the BIOS. Without any overclocking, you can probably get similar PPD to the i3 @ 3.5GHz. The actual unlocking process depends on what brand of mobo you purchase, but here's a general guide: http://www.lostcircuits.com/mambo//i...id=71&Itemid=1

I've used this Gigabyte US2H board in the past and it's worked quite well for unlocking.
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Honesty I would recommend trying to find a used c2q setup.

CPU folding uses less power than GPU folding, if that is of concern.
My HTPC has a Q9550 @ 3.8Ghz, I don't fold on it all the time, but it usually gets 8-10K PPD. For a budget build that's a good start. Once you can save up a bit for an upgrade you can throw in a GPU or 2, but keep in mind as you add GPU's you will be taking away from the CPU's PPD, and consuming more power.
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Athlon X2 will Kill a pentD.

lol Phase for that. What a waste.....

I should fold 1 wu under dry ice for the lolz
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For a good budget motherboard that can run 4 GPU's, check out the MSI K9A2 Platinum. 4 pci-e slots. I just picked up a brand new refurb with all accessories off ebay not too long ago for about $55 shipped. The MSI GD70's might be coming down in price now, but they're generally more expensive. If you're on a budget, (and power usage isn't that big of a deal), throw a few 9600 GSO's, older 8800/9800 cards, GT240s, whatever you can find. You can find a bunch of older nvidia cards for $50 each or less (especially if you buy a few at a time, or scour the used forums).

Just throw out some ideas of what you find and we can all help
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9800 gx2 are great folders, but when looking for a motherboard you dont need x16 to be able to fold, im pretty sure even x4 wouldnt bottleneck the card just for folding
1x is even fine for folding, you can dremel out the back of a 1x slot and slap a gpu in there, or get a riser for 16x to 1x.
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