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post #301 of 1815
Just jumped to #78... w0000t top 50, I am coming for YOU!!!
post #302 of 1815
So... while we are talking about folding. What is the best CPU/MB combo one could buy? I am actually in the market to build a new computer. Also: what is the deal with GPU folding? Would love to hear some thoughts....
post #303 of 1815
Thread Starter 
How about the new 8-core Mac Pro with a x1900 XT? You can run 2 SMP clients and a GPU client good for around 5000 PPD!
post #304 of 1815
Extreme Overclocking stats now include extensive user details. I can see I'm falling further and further behind. Cheap Sony WiFi.

Standings
http://folding.extremeoverclocking.c...php?s=&t=55280

Top producers
http://folding.extremeoverclocking.c...php?s=&t=55280
post #305 of 1815
I am slowly dropping in rank from you guys who also have PC's folding.
post #306 of 1815
Teamhood:
I think a MB that is based on 965 chipset and Core 2 Duo would be good. There is a big variety to choose from so should research which one would suit you depending on how you plan to use it. (Most 965 are reasonably priced with decent features and most of them having good overclocking potential.)

On a different note, I decided to try folding on my laptop based on the Core Duo, after this one WU I think I'll stop. Laptop gets a bit too hot for my liking (Touchpad is hot to the touch! lol). That and the fact that my desktop can fold MUCH faster... didn't think it would be that big of a difference though considering the chip types.

Both are mobile based CPUs, laptop is Core Duo T2600 (2.16ghz) while desktop is Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.16ghz but overclocked to 2.73ghz). Folding speed wise, the laptop is over 50% slower then that of the desktop. Project 2610 on both, roughly 30 min per frame on laptop while the desktop does each frame in about 13 minutes. I would think the desktops should be faster, just not by this much.

post #307 of 1815
Those are interesting results Lyshen, I wouldn't expect such a discrepancy either. Good to know though!
post #308 of 1815
Oh haha, so I took a look... my touchpad is amazingly hot because the ram chips are right below it.

Oh well, time to make sure there is plenty of ventilation underneath until this WU finishes.
post #309 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Lyshen View Post

Oh haha, so I took a look... my touchpad is amazingly hot because the ram chips are right below it.

Oh well, time to make sure there is plenty of ventilation underneath until this WU finishes.

I have my laptop on a cooler pad and it helps.

post #310 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Teamhood View Post

So... while we are talking about folding. What is the best CPU/MB combo one could buy? I am actually in the market to build a new computer. Also: what is the deal with GPU folding? Would love to hear some thoughts....

Depends on what else you want it for.

First and foremost, you want it to support quad core. Even if you don't get a quad core initially, you will want to eventually once the prices become a little more reasonable.

There are 44 motherboards at NewEgg that will support up to quad core. To further narrow that down, you need to determine what else you want, such as SLI or Crossfire capabilities, number of PCI and PCI Express slots, how many SATA connection you need/want, if you want to overclock, etc.

As far as running SMP and GPU clients, you may want to check out the F@H forums. Last I checked it was still questionable as to whether or not running SMP and GPU on a quad core would yield more PPD than quad core alone.

I have an X2 3800 dual core processor and an ATI X1800XL video card. The GPU client gave me only about 300ppd. The SMP client gives me over 800ppd.
post #311 of 1815
All:

Thank you for the facts. I have not built a computer in many years and have fallen out of what is hot and what is not. I just saw that 8 core Apple.. I am sure that is cheap I will have to take a look at Newegg and see what is within my price range (might have to wait a few months since I just moved into a new house and still have to sell my townhouse) Why is it that folding is so much fun? I really question why I get into such strange hobbies!!
post #312 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Teamhood View Post

I really question why I get into such strange hobbies!!

So does my wife...

... and I'm temporarily back up to fifth positin! Woohoo!

Jerz
post #313 of 1815
Anyone have any luck getting the SMP to work on Vista without disabling UAC (user account control)? Mine wouldn't install correctly until I disabled it, but I thought I had read that you could turn it back on after installing and it should work. Well, like others, my computer rebooted last night, and upon rebooting (and UAC turned back on), I couldn't get it to run.
post #314 of 1815
seems like one can't even break into the top 30 without having other machines in addition to the PS3 doing some work... nice job guys
post #315 of 1815
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Originally Posted by UMD_Terp View Post

seems like one can't even break into the top 30 without having other machines in addition to the PS3 doing some work... nice job guys

Is anyone here using more than one PS3 to fold? I read on a different forum that many people were picking up an extra PS3 just for folding.

post #316 of 1815
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Originally Posted by UMD_Terp View Post

seems like one can't even break into the top 30 without having other machines in addition to the PS3 doing some work... nice job guys

Actually I'm just using my PS3 to fold & I'm 19th.
But I am slowly dropping (see below )


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Originally Posted by Core_2 View Post

Is anyone here using more than one PS3 to fold? I read on a different forum that many people were picking up an extra PS3 just for folding.

Not yet but who knows, I just put a 1080p LCD in the bedroom, why not have a 2nd PS3 for there!!
post #317 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Core_2 View Post

Is anyone here using more than one PS3 to fold? I read on a different forum that many people were picking up an extra PS3 just for folding.

Yes

post #318 of 1815
What exactly is this Folding@home thing and why are you guys so excited? It's like Seti@home, right? You don't do anything but leave your PS3 on an let them use the CPU??
post #319 of 1815
In class today while I was teaching, one of my students exclaimed, "Something's burning, I think it's your computer."

Looks like that is the end of my experiment to fold with my school's laptop

Good news though is that the computer seems fine. It just got really hot.
post #320 of 1815
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Originally Posted by blkdog7 View Post

What exactly is this Folding@home thing and why are you guys so excited? It's like Seti@home, right? You don't do anything but leave your PS3 on an let them use the CPU??

Folding at home is best to find out by going to Stanford's website:
Stanford's F@H

Basically its protein folding and how if they misfold it can cause various serious consequences.

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Originally Posted by mgr_stl View Post

In class today while I was teaching, one of my students exclaimed, "Something's burning, I think it's your computer."

Looks like that is the end of my experiment to fold with my school's laptop

Good news though is that the computer seems fine. It just got really hot.

Haha, folding with my laptop I'd think the same. Went and got my wife's laptop fan cooling unit to help keep it cool. The CPU alone was averaging about 80 celsius, now about 70 celsius with the cooling fans. Still rather hot, so going to have it stop after this one work unit is finished.

post #321 of 1815
I just joined the AVS Forum team!

Adding my CPU cycles to the cause.
post #322 of 1815
Me too!

With that being said, I figured part of joining a team was to meet some folks so, anytime anyone feels like taking a break from folding, shoot me a PM with your PSN ID. I've got RFoM and NBA Street Homecourt.
post #323 of 1815
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Originally Posted by blkdog7 View Post

What exactly is this Folding@home thing and why are you guys so excited? It's like Seti@home, right? You don't do anything but leave your PS3 on an let them use the CPU??

It's similar, but unlike Seti@Home, we're donating our cycles to something that has a much greater chance for helping humanity. Namely research into how protiens fold. Understanding this is apparently extremely important in treating and preventing disease and cancer.

Of course, there's nothing that says a 'mad scientist' couldn't use this information for manevolent purposes - such as a supervirus.

Anyhow, looks like we have almost half a million points. It will take about 10 million to breach the top 100. As far as numero uno, well the top team currently has almost half a BILLION points. It will take AVS a little under 4 years to attain that, at the current rate. Of course by then they'll probably have over a billion points.
post #324 of 1815
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Originally Posted by schaffer970 View Post

Has anyone had problems with downloading/uploading? On several occasions I have checked on my status only to find the program unable to download the results. All I have to do is stop the folding program and restart it and things are ok. I am using a wifi connection, so don't know if that is the problem. Thoughts?

Yea same here, If I leave it alone it will eventually upload & start a new WU but it may be an hour before it does.
I just caught one finishing, it went thru one cycle of trying to upload & started over, I stopped folding, checked my messages, relpied to them & started the folding program again, it immeadiatly uploaded on the first try & started a new WU.
post #325 of 1815
SMP is now working for me on my Core 2. W000t come on more points So what is our teams next goal? Break into top 500??
post #326 of 1815
w00t.. #69 (oh what a sexy number) I am hunting for that top 50
post #327 of 1815
Place 693 with 722737 total points. Where was that page that showed percent contribution? In less than 2 weeks that's pretty decent...

We're also overtaking IGN-PS3. If we pick up the pace a little we can catch them pretty soon...
post #328 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Teamhood View Post

SMP is now working for me on my Core 2. W000t come on more points So what is our teams next goal? Break into top 500??

Id say breaking into the 500 mark and surpassing IGN-PS3 would be a great goal.
post #329 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Felgar View Post

If we pick up the pace a little we can catch them pretty soon...

You mean like leaving your PS3 on for 25 hours a day?!
post #330 of 1815
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Originally Posted by Baronken View Post

You mean like leaving your PS3 on for 25 hours a day?!

Heh, yeah that's about all I can do too. Convincing other people I know to start folding is what I'm trying to do now...
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