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1  Other / CPU/GPU Bitcoin mining hardware / AMD Llano thoughts regarding mining. on: June 27, 2011, 03:17:05 PM
all of the initial Llano discussion has got me very intrigued.  supposedly it competing for the middle/low end of the market, which i hope makes it pretty affordable. 

i really hope the performance is decent enough, because I'm going to be building a dual purpose box soon for both gaming and mining.

Getting an extra 400 cores would be a lovely arrangement, that i'd be willing to consider for the loss of a little performance on the cpu end (in relation to the i5 2500k).  saving money would also be nice.

so my question is, are miners interested in this new cpu?  looks like AMD is going to continue to be the miners friend for quite some time.
2  Other / Beginners & Help / Dual 6950's on: June 16, 2011, 04:56:25 PM
Is there a good chance that dropping $400-500 on dual 6950's would pay themselves off within a month or two?
paying off the hardware I think would be all really *require*, and I think this is kind of a fun experiment to see where it leads.

i'm guessing that 2x 6950's would net me around 675-700 mhash/sec  (someone please correct me on this if wrong)
3  Other / Beginners & Help / New to Mining on: June 15, 2011, 06:54:25 PM
So a buddy of mine have been doing some researching and proof of concepts to make sure that we could actually generate bitcoins and take it all the way through cashing out.  We were successful, but it took quite a while (neither of us have decent mining hardware).

Since all off the "best" mining cards (5830, 5850, 6990, etc) are tough to get... my question is what is my next best option?

I was looking at possibly running 2x 6950's (new non-reference 1gb ones).

at the moment i'm only looking to run 2 cards (maybe a 3rd in a pci-e 1x slot later).

Here is what i'm currently looking to purchase with an ~$600 budget:
Case   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
MB      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157226
Cards  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523
PS      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339002

I'm also guessing that this would get me somewhere around 700 Mhash/sec

since I already have an older AM2 socket processor and 4gb of DDR2 memory and 500gb HD i'd like to reuse those (from a slimline case... which i can toss)

Are there better options that I'm not seeing? 

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