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Currently i am running the galaxy gtx 460 768mb as a dedicated folding card. I want to add another folding card. What is the best value/performance folding card? Here is what i am thinking.

1. Buy another galaxy 460 and SLI or not
2. Sell the galaxy and buy 2 other folding cards
3. Sell the galaxy and buy 2 better 460s.
3. Keep the galaxy and buy another folding card.

What do you guys think is the best option for maximum folding. Thanks
Edited by ali7up - 3/11/11 at 1:02pm
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What's your power supply situation? How many open PCI-e slots do you have? Do you have room for two more cards or just one more?
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i have one pci-e slot left right under the 5870. Right now i am powering with the CORSAIR 850HX. So only one card.

I also have a x4 965 system with antec eco 520w system which also has one pci-e slot left. THis can also hold another card.
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Best bang for your buck would clearly be another 460. I see the cheapest one on Newegg at $130 before mail-in rebate. If cheap is what you want, it doesn't get much better than that.
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Does it make a difference if the cards are SLI or not? Also price is not a major factor, i just want something solid to fold on since this will be running 24/7.
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Does it make a difference if the cards are SLI or not? Also price is not a major factor, i just want something solid to fold on since this will be running 24/7.
No, being in SLI doesn't really affect folding. It can rarely cause issues, but in terms of ppd there's no effect.
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If you are interested I have a Single Slot 450 that I bought here and realized I didn't have the room for.

PM me if you are interested. But looking for $90 shipped.
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GTS 450 is a great option at that price; new they cost as much as or more than a GTX 460. Since you have a HAF, you wouldn't even have to worry so much about the single-slot's lack of an external exhaust.
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After some though i am going to run a GPU farm at work (I have asked them for permission and they have approved). I want to run at least 5 GPUs. Here is what i have so far. Any advice? This will be built over the coming months.

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3
Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600Mhz
5 x GTX 460 or GTX 450.

I will make a case out of wood and use the PCI-E PCI-Express Extenders, but is there any case big enough i can use to cool these cards?
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At first glance two things stand out - 5 460's may be too much for a 1k PSU but I will defer to the Gurus here. 5 460's will generate a ton of heat, how do you envision the setup with the extenders?
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