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I want to start folding in honor of Syrillian and is just now checking out faq's and guides and stuff.

What I've got for spare parts is:

MSI K9N SLI V2 motherboard
Sempron LE-1200, stable OC of 2.9 ghz, max oc 3.2 ghz
Pair of BFG 7600GT OC
Small old IDE HDD's
Case

All I need is monitor, DDR2 RAM and PSU (though I do have a 350W RaidMax one but it makes me cringe to use it because of its age and quality).

Or are these components not worth it? I'm assuming we only need like 1 Gb worth of RAM?

And what I have considered is making this a dual purpose rig and turn it into a home file server since my family is finding that we need files across 3 computers, someday a 4th one. Annoying as heck to have to turn on one of the computers we need a file from and need right naow. I figured the GPU's can do the folding. Right? Or not worth it? Or too complicated?

Let me know your thoughts on this while I do some readings.

Add: I just realize I also have a socket 939 board and 3500+ CPU for it. But PCIe slot crapped out on it and would have to be a CPU client one.
Edited by Krusher33 - 3/23/11 at 8:58am
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Folding on Nvidia GPU's requires an 8 series or later card. That sempron can fold but wont do much in the way of Points. Still useful though.
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Folding on Nvidia GPU's requires an 8 series or later card. That sempron can fold but wont do much in the way of Points. Still useful though.
Bugger... guess that's another to add to shopping list. The only thing I read so far is that it "requires a newer gpu card". Didn't know what the means yet. Still reading and working at same time.
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GTS450. Nuff said
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GTS450. Nuff said
Best bang for the buck for folding.


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Ok. I'll keep that in mind.

Edit: And for Ati/AMD, it's 5xxx series and up?

I just realized that I also have a socket 939 board and 3500+ CPU. PCIe slot crapped out on it though. It would have to be a CPU client folder.
Edited by Krusher33 - 3/23/11 at 8:48am
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Ok. I'll keep that in mind.

Edit: And for Ati/AMD, it's 5xxx series and up?

I just realized that I also have a socket 939 board and 3500+ CPU. PCIe slot crapped out on it though. It would have to be a CPU client folder.
The new client (to be released fairly soon if we believe the rumors) will only work with 5 series and up for AMD, the old client will probably still have work units for a while yet, but will eventually be dropped.
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Originally Posted by Krusher33 View Post
Ok. I'll keep that in mind.

Edit: And for Ati/AMD, it's 5xxx series and up?

I just realized that I also have a socket 939 board and 3500+ CPU. PCIe slot crapped out on it though. It would have to be a CPU client folder.
Probably not worth folding on. You would be limited to the single core client which won't do much,. The cost of electricity to do it would more than negate the benefits. You would be better off getting one of the nVidia cards they mentioned for the other rig that does have a PCI-E slot.
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The new client (to be released fairly soon if we believe the rumors) will only work with 5 series and up for AMD, the old client will probably still have work units for a while yet, but will eventually be dropped.
That's correct.
    
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Probably not worth folding on. You would be limited to the single core client which won't do much,. The cost of electricity to do it would more than negate the benefits. You would be better off getting one of the nVidia cards they mentioned for the other rig that does have a PCI-E slot.
Roger-roger.

Quote:
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The new client (to be released fairly soon if we believe the rumors) will only work with 5 series and up for AMD, the old client will probably still have work units for a while yet, but will eventually be dropped.
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Originally Posted by solidsteel144 View Post
That's correct.
Ok, thanks guys. I'm just looking at all options because $100 is too much. I'll be watching the silent auction Smasher has going right now plus our marketplace.

What I might do is create a headless Linux server for now and when I get a good folding gpu, I'll add folding client.
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