Originally Posted by ali7up
I haven't though of that. What if i go like this:
i7-950 from MC - $200
MSI Big Bang-XPower -$265 AR
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB - $65
NZXT HALE90-1000-M 1000w - $200
4 x GTX 460 - $644 AR
All this can still stay under my $1500 budget. The MOBO has 6 PCIe slots so it allows me to add more cards later on.
EDIT: how big of an impact will 4 GPU clients have on the bigadv client?
The more GPU clients you have the more of an impact you will see on the bigadv client. Finding the right combination of GPU's clients and CPU clients is the key.
I can tell you that an i7 920/930 (4 Ghz, -smp 7) with 2 GTX460's gets about 52K ppd. 30K from the i7 and 11K each for the GTX460's.
My suggestion, based on a budget of $1500.00, would be:
The PPD from the i7 970 alone will be 50K plus ~11K each for the 460's for a total of 72K. You can also add more GTX 460's in the future.