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#1 Spring Build

Post by stewartcollinge » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:20 am

After my unsuccessful attempts to get crunching going on my spare PS3 (see threads PS3 and help, if interested), I have decided to build a dedicated cruncher. Any advice/ thoughts appreciated.... i.e.O/S GPU /CPU and the like. I have a limited budget, so might run into summer. :) :)
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#2 Re: Spring Build

Post by Janos (retired) » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:29 am

For an easy, high performance build with low maintenance I would suggest:

i7 with 8gb ram
SSD - any size
Case with plenty of cooling - quieter the better
7970 GPU
Power supply - 750 would be plenty
Standard motherboard. I like the Asus boards at the moment

Windows is the easy option. Linux can offer slightly better performance on some projects but it can take a fair bit more setup time but once running can run with less maintenance.

Go for an i7 K if you want to overclock.

What sort of budget do you have?
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#3 Re: Spring Build

Post by stewartcollinge » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:12 pm

Well... regarding budget it might vary. Semi retired on a small NHS pension,looking for a small part time job. But, single now, low maintenance lifestyle, maybe about £400 if I look after pennies. Been surfing around, don,t really want to buy bespoke. As mentioned before, would like to do a build, and get my noggin around things,and fire up a few of my grey cells. And, again, all advice appreciated. :)
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#4 Re: Spring Build

Post by Janos (retired) » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:18 pm

Are you after high credits or just the science?
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Post by scole of TSBT » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:30 pm

I'm working on build parts list myself. http://pcpartpicker.com is a pretty good tool for configuring a system.

Here's my part list I plan on putting together for a mac daddy home PC. I'm curious how it will crunch. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MsDi
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Post by Alez » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:54 pm

For that budget i7 etc out the window.
Would probably spec around a socket 1366 mobo ( top of budget ) with i7 920 cpu
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socket 775 mobo, dual pcie x16 slots , core 2 quad Q6600 cpu,
case with 500w psu, AMD R9 270 GPU or pair AMD 7770 or GTX 650ti gpu's, memory ( 4 or 8 GB ), cdrom, HDD ( doesn't have to be huge ).
Are you comfortable buying on ebay ( both new and used ) ?
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Post by Alez » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:30 pm

If going socket 775, then a mobo like this http://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/P5K ... /#overview. On ebay just now for £77.50. CPU etc on this should keep you below £400.

If going new socket 1150 boards then i3 or ( maybe ) i5 cpu ( depending on price )
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#8 Re: Spring Build

Post by stewartcollinge » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:23 pm

Janos wrote:Are you after high credits or just the science?
Making and building telescopes for many moons (pun intended)... credits, no ... Science yes. With best regards. :)

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#9 Re: Spring Build

Post by stewartcollinge » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:24 pm

Janos wrote:Are you after high credits or just the science?
sorry for double post... fat fingers :oops:

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#10 Re: Spring Build

Post by Alez » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:00 am

scole250 wrote:I'm working on build parts list myself. http://pcpartpicker.com is a pretty good tool for configuring a system.

Here's my part list I plan on putting together for a mac daddy home PC. I'm curious how it will crunch. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2MsDi
Should be quite a cruncher. Would be a little concerned about the heat it can generate though, would ensure the case has plenty of cooling.

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#11 Re: Spring Build

Post by scole of TSBT » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:05 am

Going to have plenty of case fans and a decent hydro cooler.

What's the price difference between buying components in the UK vs. US? I bet a i7-4770K crunching config could be put together for less than $600 US. Not sure of shipping and other fees though.
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#12 Re: Spring Build

Post by Alez » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:54 am

Depends on if you are in the UK or the states. Cheaper in the states, but shipping to UK needs to pass customs. If they ship as gift then :D . Since you spec'ed all in $ I'm guessing USA, not worth trying to ship from UK.
Also I believe the jury is still out on the new Haswell CPU's as I believe they have heat issues run at 100 % and the K's are only worth the extra if you intend to over clock.

Also depends what you intend to crunch. For maximum credits then GPU and a cheap as chips quad pentium driving 3 or 4 high end GPU's is the way to go. CPU crunching doesn't come close to the $ / credits of a GPU. For science you need i7's, for points GPU's rule.

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#13 Re: Spring Build

Post by Janos (retired) » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:40 am

I think the answer to this question is buy some second hand parts or half dead computers, strip them apart and build up a nice cruncher or two. This would be the lowest cost and most enjoyable way to make a dedicated cruncher.

I've had more fun building and wiring up my U2's than I did installing any GPU in an i7.

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#14 Re: Spring Build

Post by stewartcollinge » Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:36 pm

Janos, that sounds like a plan.. have to talk to some of my muckers on T,interweb see what's lying about :) BTW, anyone built a farm?

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#15 Re: Spring Build

Post by PinkPenguin » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:51 pm

stewartcollinge wrote:J...:) BTW, anyone built a farm?
Tried it once, but when you water the motherboards they just sort of fizzle and go pop!... :D
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