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I will be moving some parts around soon and hope to have a dedicated folding rig again.

GPU will be a GTS 450, but not sure what to do for the CPU.

My choices are a Phenom II x2 555 BE (will not unlock to an x3 or x4, but is stable at 3.6-3.7 ghz folding as an x2) or an Athlon II x4 640 (stock is 3 ghz, not sure what it can OC to, but at least 3.4 from what I have read).


Which gives more SMP PPD? From what I remember when folding with the 555 is is around 2500 PPD (never really looked close at it since I only fold with it for foldathons and I just start it and let it go)?
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The Athlon II X4 will be significantly faster, especially with the clocks turned up to 3.4.
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More cores!
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put em both to use? AMD boards are cheap
    
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I will fold on both, but only 1 of them full time, so I just needed to figure out which one would be the full timer.

Seems it will be the x4 and the 450 folding full time, and my sig rig will be the x2 and a 460 part time.

I know AMD boards are cheap (heck they are free at MC, which is where I am getting the x4 from on Saturday, $83 AR for the board and CPU).
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More cores will always fold better. Just make sure you clock it high enough so your GPU3 client won't interfere with the quad core's ppd
    
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Originally Posted by SS_Patrick View Post
put em both to use? AMD boards are cheap
Newegg had a 1156 mobo this morning for $60. And, you coulda got 8GB (2x4GB) memory for it for $47.99 w/MIR yesterday (like I did lol).

Only thing is finding a 875k now.

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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
I will fold on both, but only 1 of them full time, so I just needed to figure out which one would be the full timer.

Seems it will be the x4 and the 450 folding full time, and my sig rig will be the x2 and a 460 part time.

I know AMD boards are cheap (heck they are free at MC, which is where I am getting the x4 from on Saturday, $83 AR for the board and CPU).
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More cores will always fold better. Just make sure you clock it high enough so your GPU3 client won't interfere with the quad core's ppd
yeah, the x4 is best for more cores. the 555's only advantage is if you can unlock it.
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