Originally Posted by Teamhood
So... while we are talking about folding. What is the best CPU/MB combo one could buy? I am actually in the market to build a new computer. Also: what is the deal with GPU folding? Would love to hear some thoughts....
Depends on what else you want it for.
First and foremost, you want it to support quad core. Even if you don't get a quad core initially, you will want to eventually once the prices become a little more reasonable.
There are 44 motherboards at NewEgg that will support up to quad core. To further narrow that down, you need to determine what else you want, such as SLI or Crossfire capabilities, number of PCI and PCI Express slots, how many SATA connection you need/want, if you want to overclock, etc.
As far as running SMP and GPU clients, you may want to check out the F@H forums. Last I checked it was still questionable as to whether or not running SMP and GPU on a quad core would yield more PPD than quad core alone.
I have an X2 3800 dual core processor and an ATI X1800XL video card. The GPU client gave me only about 300ppd. The SMP client gives me over 800ppd.