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Old February 10, 2013, 08:19 AM
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I'm trying to find a card that provides the most PPD for $150. It will be used to fold but also play BF3 so DX11 would be nice although not mandatory. Any suggestions?
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Old February 10, 2013, 08:39 AM
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I'd pick up a used GTX 570... they can be had for around $150. shipped.
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Old February 10, 2013, 09:33 AM
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I'm trying to find a card that provides the most PPD for $150. It will be used to fold but also play BF3 so DX11 would be nice although not mandatory. Any suggestions?
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look on Kijiji I have scored tons of cheap stuff on there and my 660 folds like a champ but thats over 150 but a 570 is a great recommendation
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Okay sounds food thanks guys!
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I agree with the others. For 150 the best your going to find is a 570 used.
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GTX 580 is doing the same PPD as GTX 570, I am a bit dissapointed in there, but it allows to do other stuff while you are folding and is being used in the same time as display card while you can't do that with the 570.
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Old February 11, 2013, 06:19 AM
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I've been surfing, working on MS Office documents and small graphics in Fireworks CS5.1, all the while my GTX570 has been folding. Granted Fireworks was not as snappy as it is when I'm not folding but still plenty workable.
My GTX570 is still getting 22000 PPD while I do this stuff.
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When my 680 has a WU that utilises all the cores, my compy is pretty much unusable unless I pause FAH. Therefore, my production really falters on weekends, lol, as I spend most of my time on the compy. During the week though, it can fold away almost uninterrupted.

Expect about 14K-17K PPD from a GTX570. I was actually expecting more from it, so I was a little disappointed.
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Late to the party, but I'd have to agree with the 570 recommendation, mostly because I picked up a used 570 for $150 shipped to use for folding, and I can get up to 29k ppd depending on the WU. As other's mentioned though, my computer is quite sluggish for doing simple things like surfing while folding is active. I can play Borderlands 2 when folding, but I usually pause it since it absolutely kills my ppd.
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Oh ya, for the money, the 570 is probably the best folding card you can buy. I don't know how you guys were getting >20K ppd from it though. I suppose maybe if it's your only card, but as a companion card in the rest of my rig, it wasn't performing as well as I'd hoped.
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