So, say I wanted to build a dedicated folding rig with multiple graphics cards. Call the starting price $1,500 -$2,000 with future expansion. I'm trying to figure out what the hardware should be to optimize folding but minimize cost. Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am new to this and don't really understand how the client uses the hardware yet.
Thoughts thus far (and feel free to correct misconceptions.)
Case: full tower lying on its side, panel replaced with mesh and a custom exhaust system on top. Rationale: not letting multiple graphics cards cook each other in a vertical configuration, but still with lots of room. Maybe even forego this for a simple DIY box.
Mobo: multiple pcie 3 x16 slots, preferably four.
CPU: overclockable with onboard graphics for the monitor, but maybe only 6-8 cores (one for up to four video cards, the rest to handle the scutwork of the OS.) CPU folding doesn't seem to be worth an investiture in lots of cores to fold with. Or would something like a 32 core Threadripper be worth it? Can you gang cores for workunits? (I know that blows the budget, but if so better to budget something different for 2021 than live with a mistake now.)
Memory: does folding use much RAM? Maybe 8gb? Does speed matter?
Storage: one 128gb SSD m.2 for the OS, another for the client. Or would RAMdrive work with F@H?
Video cards: how many to cram into one case? Four, eventually? Here's where the big money will go. Are there still dedicated types like those miner cards Linus did a video about still being made? If so, useful for folding?
Power: go large to start so I don't have to replace it later, maybe 1000-1200w?