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post #1 of 12
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Hi all!
I wanna build new dedicated Folding machine.
I wanna know which is best: i7 (-bigadv), AMD X6(-bigadv) or 3*GTS450(GPU3) ??
I care about PPD/$, I don't care much about PPD/W
Please recommend which component to use with this build.

Thanks in advance
Edited by test3366 - 1/25/11 at 5:56am
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post #2 of 12
What's your budget ?
post #3 of 12
Honestly, I'd go for an i7 bundle here in the marketplace (Good deals). Get 2-3 GTX 460's or if you have a big budget get some 570's
    
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Are you good with overclocking CPUs? Do you plan to run it 24/7?
If so, go with the i7. The new i7 2600k is most likely the winner for ppd/$ as well as ppd/watt. If you can crank it up to or past 4.5GHz, you will have yourself a very nice dedicated system that dumps big points every few days. You could then add a few GPUs as you feel like it. When you do, your bigadv PPD will drop a little, but you will (hopefully) be adding a bunch from the GPUs you choose to add.

Dont bother with the AMD X6 for folding... there are better options.
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post #5 of 12
i7 running bigadv will run the most ppd for the most part. It'll also yield more PPD per watt.
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post #6 of 12
i7 950 for $200 at microcenter is probably the best bang for buck, or check out the marketplace on OCN, some nice deals from 9xx owners switching to 2600K

then throw in as many gts450's as your mobo/psu can handle
post #7 of 12
I would wait on the GPU since everyone is saying how the new GPU client will favor ATI and make all us nVidia people whine...

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post #8 of 12
I built a dedicated folding rig about a month or two ago. It was planned as an i7 950 with 3 GTS 450. I got bad luck, though, and the 950 was a crap overclocker and one of the 450 is bricked. I bought a 920 to replace the 950, and the 450 is on its way to RMA any day now. I'm really lazy.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is this: If you're building a full rig, go the Sandy Bridge route and get the most efficient PSU you can, even if you have to spend a bit more money. It'll produce more work for your money, and by starting with the CPU you can always add GPU later as cash becomes available.
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post #9 of 12
the i7 is your best bet. go with a sandy bridge proc and overclock it. You wont regret it.
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