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Old 2016-06-01, 13:30   #1
Mr. Odd
Mar 2010

3716 Posts
Default Hardware recommendations for factoring

Over 4 years ago, based on discussions on this board, I built a Linux box around the idea of "maximum cheap cores" for factoring large numbers and pursuing aliquot sequences:

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
Asus M4A87TD/ USB3 Motherboard
16GB DDR3/1333 Memory
ATX Mid Tower w/ 600W Power supply
Nvidia GT560Ti Graphics w/ 1GB

It now runs really hot and, in fact, overheats the CPU and shuts down if I try to do any factoring. So, time to upgrade! A couple of questions:

- Is AMD still the preferred choice or is Intel the clear winner?
- I mostly use YAFU, which doesn't use the GPU. I know msieve does, though, so which graphics card would you recommend?

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