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If you guys had up to $600 to build a folding rig, what would you do?

Requirements: Needs every piece (including a cooler/hdd) except OS and no need for optical drives.

I'm trying to decipher what will be the best route to go.

i7 2600k route: (can it be done for under $600?)

Pros: Less power usage, smaller footprint, less heat. Could use small lanbox-style cases and stack them.

I will be freeing up around 5-600/mo for the next couple of months specifically for the purpose of (ideally) adding 1 new folding rig per month. These rigs will all be under OCN's folding team, btw.

Currently I am just using my main rig (i7 2600k w/gtx 570 + gtx 460) for OCN.

I figure once I hit 3-4 full time rigs for OCN, I'll stop there and see how much I need to allocate for my power bill then.


I'd love to have the OCN folding community's input as to what route would be ideal if you could make a "modular" farm and add a whole new rig each month.
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maybe just have more gpu and have the cpu feed the gpu's?
    
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A nice oc'ed 2600k can net upwards to 50k ppd.

that would be about 4-5 gtx 460's?

wouldnt that take up more energy? forgot the tdp on the 460.

u can always wait for bulldozer LOL.

if only u had flat rate electricity

r u near Orange County?
    
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maybe just have more gpu and have the cpu feed the gpu's?
I was thinking about that. I've been able to snag a few gtx 460's for about $105-115 lately (thank you open box newegg).

While 4x GTX 460 would net ~40k ppd conservatively, it would require a significantly more powerful psu and use more power (kwh). I do like the fact that it continually dumps points so if there is any down time (power outage, reboot, component failure) I don't lose lots of time spent working like I would on a bigadv.

Breaking it down, I figure I could get out the door for:

$65 (msi k9a2 plat or similar)
$40 any amd cpu dual core or better to run rig
$450 4x gtx 460s
$25 2gb ddr3 ram
$??? PSU (i'm not sure what I'd need. A solid 850w? 950w?) Either way, prolly ~150
$ el cheapo HDD (won't count, a wash cost. I'll buy one less sandwich per week or something)

Total cost: Still looking at like $700 or more for that rig complete. It is doable, and I could just build 2 of them, and slowly populate them with gtx 460's as I find deals.

Thanks for the input.
Edited by usmcz - 3/22/11 at 9:09pm
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A nice oc'ed 2600k can net upwards to 50k ppd.

that would be about 4-5 gtx 460's?

wouldnt that take up more energy? forgot the tdp on the 460.

u can always wait for bulldozer LOL.

if only u had flat rate electricity

r u near Orange County?
San Bernardino and LA County here. Power isn't a concern at all for most months out of the year. (Yay free power @ college). But from May-August it is. I'm sure my roommates won't appreciate it, but I can fork over the $$ to pay the rigs (or power them down for 1/2 time or a couple months) in that time.

Well, I won't wait for bulldozer--but I won't be against adding it when it comes out if it is a viable alternative
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Yeah I would go the 2600k route, for ppd having two bigadv folders will do you a lot better than anything else.

As to whether you can do it for $600, you're going to be hard pushed but you can:

2600K - $330
Memory - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226103
Asrock Mobo - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-237-_-Product
Power supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033
USB flash card to boot ubuntu from - 14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139246
Case - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Total - $575
     
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Best of both worlds would be a SR-2 build, but that is damn costly and would require u to save up the money you would have spent on different rigs to fund this.

from the top of my head,

2600k- 300 or so depending on where u get it
mobo- 100-200
that's already your budget-

mobo would assume at least 2 pci-e slots for future gpu folding upgrades.

psu- i assume this may work
http://www.directron.com/ocz800exsbrf.html

working nonstop for me- folding 24/7
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Although it would completely wreck your budget, maybe take a look at the 460 2 win?
    
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If you get stuff on sale too you'll do even better, there are regularly good deals on psu's for <$30, and you often can get the usb flash drives free with a purchase The 2600k was 10% off the other day too. You could get cheaper memory for $25 less, and even cheaper cases than the haf 912. So yes if you wait for deals I reckon you could do it for $500.

Gpu's aren't power or cost effective compared to a budget 2600k. A 2600k running bigadv 24/7 should be able to get 50K ppd. A 460 is about 10K ppd depending how much you overclock. So you'd need to get at least 5 of them to match it. Even assuming you could pick up 5 for $100 each you'd need a motherboard and power supply to support that many.

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Yeah I would go the 2600k route, for ppd having two bigadv folders will do you a lot better than anything else.

As to whether you can do it for $600, you're going to be hard pushed but you can:

2600K - $330
Memory - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226103
Asrock Mobo - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-237-_-Product
Power supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033
USB flash card to boot ubuntu from - 14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139246
Case - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Total - $575

Edited by stren - 3/22/11 at 9:17pm
     
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Yeah I would go the 2600k route, for ppd having two bigadv folders will do you a lot better than anything else.

As to whether you can do it for $600, you're going to be hard pushed but you can:

2600K - $330
Memory - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226103
Asrock Mobo - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-237-_-Product
Power supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033
USB flash card to boot ubuntu from - 14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139246
Case - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product

Total - $575
Thanks for the list--but I believe I would need a P67 mobo and a decent air cooler so I can OC. However, I can get the 2600k for ~$304 out the door (MC) and I would use the 4gb g.skill 1.5v 1600 ddr3 ram ($49 ish). That should save me a bit, and about cover the cost of a cheaper p67 board. Agree with most of the other components, though.
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