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Hi, I haven’t really considered folding in the past but I am in am now in a position to put together a dedicated folding machine. I am an A-Level Biology student and I find protein folding interesting and feel that anything I can to help is a good thing.

I have a spare asus m4a88td-evo/usb3, the only thing wrong with it is the bios has been erased, I am not sure if it can be fixed by just buying a new bios chip for like £10, but i am willing to give it a go

If I can get it going I think I will use it as a folding machine but I have a few questions.

1. what is the best £/PPD AM3 processor on the market?
2. I have a 1GB stick of DDR3-1333, will it be enough?
3. should I get a cheap Nvidia card to boost PPD?

Also, I have a old 530W PSU marked "Channel Well Technology", now to me this sounds dodgy but it should be sufficient right?

Thanks for the help and I look forward to joining you folders!
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Hi, I havent really considered folding in the past but i am in am now in a position to put together a dedicated folding machine.

I have a spare asus m4a88td-evo/usb3, the only thing wrong with it is the bios has been erased, I am not sure if it can be fixed by just buying a new bios chip for like £10, but i am willing to give it a go

If I can get it going I think I will use it as a folding machine but I have a few questions.

1. what is the best £/PPD AM3 processor on the market?
2. I have a 1GB stick of DDR3-1333, will it be enough?
3. should I get a cheap Nvidia card to boost PPD?

Also, I have a old 530W PSU marked "Channel Well Technology", now to me this sounds dodgy but it should be sufficient right?

Thanks for the help and I look forward to helping "the cause"

I'd say 555 BE if a dual core is sufficient...

I'm stupid, didn't know it was for folding.
Channel Well Technology is a company lol
Edited by Shomiyamu! - 3/14/11 at 4:10pm
    
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1: An X3 Rana
2:yes
3: Why not?
4: amperage rating on 12v rail(s)?
    
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I'd say 555 BE if a dual core is sufficient...
Channel Well Technology is a company lol
Not for folding, dual core isn't enough.

OP, I'd say you're looking at an unlocked Athlon II X3. People have had good luck with unlocking them. But even if they don't unlock, you're still getting good performance.

Or if you have a bigger budget, go with an X6.
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A 1055t would be the best at 25-30k PPD running linux BigAdv.

EDIT: It would probably need another stick of ram to run BigAdv, but regular SMP would still be 15k+ PPD.
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1:
4: amperage rating on 12v rail(s)?
Its rated at 24A


Do the x3 athlons have better luck of unlocking to x4 than the x2's then?

I also have a Freezer 64 pro, so a mild overclock is possible.
    
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Its rated at 24A


Do the x3 athlons have better luck of unlocking to x4 than the x2's then?

I also have a Freezer 64 pro, so a mild overclock is possible.
X2 Athlons have 0 chance of unlocking since they're a native dual-core design, so yes, the X3s do have a better chance.
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LOL, ahem i'll get my coat . ..

So, one of theese then? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326

And yay or nay on the nvivia card? does it require cpu power to supply it with data thus reducing the available power of the cpu?

And does any folder on OCN have a Nvidia Tesla ? as i assume it would be the natural progression for the hardcore folder
    
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Yep, one of those X3s will work great.

The Nvidia card is fine so long as you've got a big enough PSU (you do) and you're not running -bigadv (you won't be), so do it!

But don't get Tesla, those won't speed up the folding.
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