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I have decided to finally start folding! I am getting the farm set-up as we speak. I went ahead and bought 10 x 9800GX2's today. I will be buying another 10 next week. After that I need to get the rest of the systems.

Now, I need a recommendation on the best system (MB, CPU, RAM, PSU, etc) that can handle 4 x 9800GX2's each. price is not an issue, but if a cheaper system will get the same PPD, then I will go with that.

And of course i will be folding 24/7 for OCN with this farm. Since i am new at folding, I will be asking a lot of questions when it is time to set it up (about 1-2 months from now).

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You will need MSI K9A2 mobos. Newegg often has OB and they have all come with accessories for me.

For PSUs I would suggest 2 Coolermaster 750W from cmstore.coolermaster.com. They are refurbs, but have a 5yr warranty. They are $51 each.

CPU will only need to be a low end dual core. I use a AMD 3600X2 and only use a small portion of 1 core.

RAM: 2GB will be enough for Vista. You could get 2x2GB kits and split them up if you looking to save a little.
 

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Holy cow! Way to jump in with both feet!!


I'm sure one of the farms will be here to assist you. IIRC It's an AMD board that most are using as it can hold 4 double slot cards. I'll look around and see if I can find it.

NVM see someone already posted it.
 

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You will need MSI K9A2 mobos. Newegg often has OB and they have all come with accessories for me.

For PSUs I would suggest 2 Coolermaster 750W from cmstore.coolermaster.com. They are refurbs, but have a 5yr warranty. They are $51 each.

CPU will only need to be a low end dual core. I use a AMD 3600X2 and only use a small portion of 1 core.

RAM: 2GB will be enough for Vista. You could get 2x2GB kits and split them up if you looking to save a little.

thank you mort. +rep

i own a few businesses. however, a family member was diagnosed with cancer and my ferret died of cancer the other day, so i decided to dump some of my savings into folding.
 

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Holy cow! Way to jump in with both feet!!


I'm sure one of the farms will be here to assist you. IIRC It's an AMD board that most are using as it can hold 4 double slot cards. I'll look around and see if I can find it.

The only board that can run 8GPUs that I know of is the K9A2. The MSI P6N has issues with running 4GX2s so stay away from that board.

I would suggest you make each rig identical so you can get one up and running and then image the drives.
 

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You will need MSI K9A2 mobos. Newegg often has OB and they have all come with accessories for me.

For PSUs I would suggest 2 Coolermaster 750W from cmstore.coolermaster.com. They are refurbs, but have a 5yr warranty. They are $51 each.

CPU will only need to be a low end dual core. I use a AMD 3600X2 and only use a small portion of 1 core.

RAM: 2GB will be enough for Vista. You could get 2x2GB kits and split them up if you looking to save a little.

Linux all the way!!! Save more money right there. Do GPU2 Linux clients exist...?
 

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Linux all the way!!! Save more money right there. Do GPU2 Linux clients exist...?
I have enough copies of Vista (all legit, of course) so i am not worried about that. Besides, every time I have tried to dabble in Linux, I end up cursing the PC and reinstalling Windows on it. I was not made for Linux, i guess.
 

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Nice Mman! If you need help configuring and stuff when you get everything, I can help you with Logmein.

Otherwise, just ask around
there's a ton of people with knowledge and are ready to help.

~Gooda~
 

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This guy fold's with 4x 9800x2 systems

i forgot who lol...

well... you need a hefty 1k W PSU atleast...

CPU doesn't really matter.

4gb of ram should be fine.
 

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I have enough copies of Vista (all legit, of course) so i am not worried about that. Besides, every time I have tried to dabble in Linux, I end up cursing the PC and reinstalling Windows on it. I was not made for Linux, i guess.
Ahh I see. I tend to do the same. After overwriting the MBR like 5x (on accident) I gave up on trying to do it on this hard drive. Waiting to get a nice 320gb hard drive or something else.
 

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Mobo: Intel - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130160R You are gonna need 4, but its limited to 2 per customer so just make another account pick pick up 2 more.

AMD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130136R

CPU: Intel - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
I think its good enough, folding on all 4 cores bring another 2k ppd but lowers the gpu ppd. maybe instead you can always go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

AMD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103291 i think

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145590 $18.99 after MIR


PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139009

And of course the "case": http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/...roducts_id=129
 

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