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1) As far as I know the i7-3770 offers modest improvements over the i7-2600K (5-10%). And the 2600K can be overclocked quite a bit higher. And you need the K series to overclock, so you might want to get the i7-3770K. But if you're not going to overclock then most likely the i7-3770 is the best option here. The i5 is no slouch thoughjwyount wrote:1) A single CPU folder looks like where I'll most likely end up. Am I right that the new i7-3770 is about as good as it gets in that category? And drastically better for folding than the classic i5-2500k?
2) Based on your feedback, consistent with what I learned in November, I'll eliminate GPU folding. I'll keep my current modest GPU for gaming only and upgrade it when it's no longer satisfactory for that.
3) Multi-CPU machines are virtually unknown to me.
I'm potentially interested but unlikely to go that way. Among other things, it'd be a much harder sell to my wife in the $3000 price range (is that typical for a machine with years of bigadv-16 potential?). But if they are indeed dramatically better in PPD/watt (about 4 or 5 times as efficient?) than single CPU systems and will still handle Windows 7, CrashPlan data storage and my games then I'd like to lean more about them and would appreciate links to learn the basics fast.
jwyount wrote:Those are very useful numbers for comparison and I'm interested, but remember I'm pretty ignorant on multi-CPU machines.
"BA rig" = very powerful computer?
"4p 6174" = AMD Opteron 6174 CPU? And that's for multi-CPU servers?
Can you point me to a novice's guide to learn more about such super-efficient folding computers?
* Cost range?
* OS options?
* Good for Windows gaming also?
* Questions I don't know to ask?
I built my first multi-socket machine last October, which was an Opteron 6128 system. Hardware installation was only more complicated in that there were more pieces. Installing the OS, Win7 Pro, was just as easy as installing on an Intel 2600K system. I subsequently switched the machine over to Linux, which was no more difficult than installing Linux on a single, multi-core CPU system. Building a 4P Opteron system wasn't much more difficult than an AMD 2P.Multi-CPU machines are virtually unknown to me.
I am not a Linux evangelist by any means. My "daily driver," all-purpose machine at home is Windows 7. But with that said, once set up, an Ubuntu Linux Folding box is about as reliable and care free as it gets! There are a number of excellent, paint by the numbers Ubuntu Folding guides online. Consider giving it a try some day. I put it off for years and finally took the plunge. Ahhhh!I should add I'm also hesitant to get a machine where I need to invest significant time monitoring, tweaking, and adjusting it to get respectably close to its full potential. If this would be like a thoroughbred horse or race care that needed constant pampering then I'm not interested. But if the benefits of microscopic tinkering are comparable to single-CPU systems I'd be ok treating it as a set-it-and-forget-it system.
Although a Folding 4P rig, and to some extent a Folding 2P rig by hardware standards is a server, it's typically not configured (software) or operated as server. It's a beefy workstation in server clothing.should have been more clear: I have no experience with server-level systems
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