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Project ITNOS - The Folding@Home Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

ITNOS Definition....

IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE

It's about time I posted one of my own builds instead of just builds I made for other people huh? You'll notice a lot of parts are mismatched; this is because 85% of the system were parts from my old build that I'm re-purposing IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE (hence the name)

 

Core i5-4570 - $68 on Ebay

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H (From old main rig)

Team Elite 2x4GB DDR3 1333mhz - $20 on Tech forum

Corsair H90i AIO (From old main rig)

Corsair CX600M (from old main rig)

EVGA 970 FTW (From old main rig) / Asus 750ti - $60 on Tech forum

Thermaltake Level 10 GT (From old main rig)

Asus PCE-AC68 Wifi adapter (The Router is two stories above this, but this wifi card still holds a steady 5 bar signal on 5GHz)

640GB 2.5" HDD from an old laptop Running Windows 7 Ultimate. (It's what I had)

 

There's not much to say about this build. If you want to learn more about what Folding is, I'll link the LTT post below, but the TL;DR is you donate your hardware to run full time for Stanford University to help research for multiple diseases. Think of it as mining for a cure for cancer.

 

I had about half of ITNOS still assembled (out of sheer laziness)when it was disassembled when I side-graded to the mITX form factor. This conveniently ended up saving me some time. 

 

(Please ignore the backgrounds I'm building this in a basement :D )

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Some Thermal Paste donated from the thermal paste tube from my Cryorig H7 that's now in my main rig (I once had Arctic MX-4 lying around somewhere but thats lost. Plus this doesnt matter; The CPU isnt super important in this system anyways, even I were to fill in all three GPU slots in this board)

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You'll note here the RAM specified in the parts list isnt installed. Thats because the GPU/RAM were ordered together but they wont get here till 11/12, and I didnt want to wait. So I sacrificed an 8GB stick from my main rig (Sorry Computer-I-Dont-Have-A-Name-For) to get ITNOS up and running. As such you wont see any pictures of the Asus 750ti for a while either.

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With the GPU and WIFI installed, it's time to see if it would post

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BOOM!

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Man, if I'm to upgrade two things in this build, it's the HDD and the PSU. The PSU just or potential upgrades/efficiency down the line since this will be running 24/7, but the HDD.... Oh man I totally forgot how bad HDD's used to be using them as an OS. Actually having to use it... It took one hour after boot up to get folding started (Mind you this was technically not a clean copy so that doesnt help but still). Unfortunately I had only ONE keyboard, so every time there was an issue I had to drag my keyboard up and down two flights of stars back to my main rig (I dont know how many times I did that) so I could do things like download Wifi Drivers or figure out which port on my router each system was connected to in IPConfig. 

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Here's the Final result! 315k PPD isnt what I was expecting from the 970, but I think it has something to do with the fact that the memory doesnt seem to want to go beyond 3004mhz even with a manual OC applied....

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I also had a couple of issues with getting my main rig (folding with a 1080ti) to monitor ITNOS remotely, but @Gorgon's guide and a bit of extra pointers got me up and running without much fuss. 

I'm also considering trying Linux, but as a first time user that would be a very big learning curve and the downtime for the competition month probably wouldnt yeild me any significant gains. If I do do that,I'll post comparisons here:

 


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Purple Build Post ---  Blue Build Post --- Blue Build Post 2018 --- Project ITNOS

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI   RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW3    Case Corsair 380T   

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX550M      Cooling Cryorig H7

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Jtalk4456 said:

not enough thermal paste...

I knew I'd get one of these comments so thats why I posted it :D 


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CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI   RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW3    Case Corsair 380T   

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX550M      Cooling Cryorig H7

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Should have delidded the 4570 for a laugh. 

 

Lots of science going on there though


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8 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

 

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Couldn't help but notice that you applied all 4 screws to your CPU cooler. This is incredibly dangerous as it can lead to too much pressure being applied to your CPU. Best practise is to leave one screw off to ensure it works properly. I saw it in a build guide video I watched...

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/sarcasm


CPU: Intel i7 6700k  | Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 5 | RAM: 2x8GB 3000MHz G.Skill Ripjaws 5 | GPU: Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080ti | PSU: Corsair RM750x (2018) | Case: BeQuiet SilentBase 800 | Cooler: Corsair H100i AIO | SSD: Samsung 970 Evo 500GB + Samsung 840 500GB | HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 8TB + 2x Seagate Ironwolf 6TB | Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HU + Samsung BX2450

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Project ITNOS is now at full speed thanks to the care package that (finally, after a week delay) came in today. 

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760ti and 8gb of ram. Nothing flashy, but got a good bundle deal on them when I needed ram. Now my main system can go back to having a full fat 16Gb! Woo! 

 

These silver Team Elite sticks look better in the gray RAM slots anyways

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I ironically had to use a dual molex to 6pin adapter to get the 750ti up and running but it was worth it. If I get anything more powerful than this though I'll definitely need a PSU upgrade 

 

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Ah, F@H is doing some more billshittery again, not realizing that 750ti isn't capable of 970 PPD figures... At least the main client remotely monitoring the system gives me a more accurate 400ish PPD. The 970 definitely runs a bit warmer now with the 750ti there but it's still under 60°C so I can't ask for much more than that! 


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Purple Build Post ---  Blue Build Post --- Blue Build Post 2018 --- Project ITNOS

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI   RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW3    Case Corsair 380T   

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX550M      Cooling Cryorig H7

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Now that the folding month is over, I decided to try and undervolt (well, underclock actually) ITNOS. 

 

MSI afterburner would not allow undervolting in its slider, the minimum voltage applicable was 0. So the only way to reduce voltage was to reduce GPU power, which the 970 was using 90% of (even though it was set to 110 I believe) and the 750ti was only using about 65%, incredibly low power usage. 

 

The 970 went from 1485mhz @1.212V to roughly 1300mhz @1.030V. I'm no electrician, but I'm pretty sure that's a lot. Sadly I dont have a total power draw meter on the system so I'm not sure how much this change actual made to the total power consumed by the system.

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My 750ti couldn't actually go any lower than 77% Power, so I just kept bumping the core speed up till I was hitting power limit, which ended up almost 200mhz overclock. Damn! 

 

I'm not entirely sure off the top of my head what the original voltage was, but I believe it was the same as it is now. But the core speed is about +135 from what it was previously so now the 750ti should be pulling more of it's weight

 

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So what does this mean? In theory, the 970 Should perform less but consume even less power than the % difference in performance would seem to suggest. Meanwhile the 750ti should perform better while using the same amount of power (which means I could have been using that this whole three months without an electricity hit). In all honestly it would have maybe made a 50k different in three weeks, which would have done nothing for my Folding competition standings. 


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Purple Build Post ---  Blue Build Post --- Blue Build Post 2018 --- Project ITNOS

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI   RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW3    Case Corsair 380T   

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX550M      Cooling Cryorig H7

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Remember to clean your dust filters! 

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Purple Build Post ---  Blue Build Post --- Blue Build Post 2018 --- Project ITNOS

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI   RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW3    Case Corsair 380T   

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX550M      Cooling Cryorig H7

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