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To start off, I would like to say that I'm relatively new to folding. As of now, all I am running on my main rig is bigadv. However, when I'm running bigadv I just can't use my computer as much as I would like (I game about 15-20 hours a week) and still get an acceptable number of bonus points. To remedy this, I plan on cutting back on bigadv (dropping one a week, rather than two or three) and focusing my efforts on GPU3. As my current GPU is quite underpowered for my uses, and definitely not a folding card, I hope to upgrade by the end of the month. My general plan is to purchase two cards; one card as a dedicated folding/Physx card, and the other geared more gaming. Currently, I am eyeing the GTX 570 and GTS 450 as a possible solution.

My question is, would I get more PPD:
1. Dropping one bigadv a week, having the dedicated folding card running 24/7, and running my primary card only when I'm not gaming (but while I'm folding bigadv).
2. Dropping one bigadv a week, having the dedicated folding card run only when I'm not folding bigadv, and running my primary card only when I'm not gaming or running bigadv.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions concerning my choice of GPUs, please chime in.

Thanks in advance!
Edited by thisischuck01 - 5/24/11 at 4:07pm
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What do you mean by dropping one -bigadv a week? Would you have the SMP client off?
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What do you mean by dropping one -bigadv a week? Would you have the SMP client off?
Yes. For a couple days each week I wouldn't touch my main rig until it finished a bigadv. The rest of the week, I'd turn off the SMP clent and browse the web, game, and fold with the GPUs.
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Might I suggest removing the -bigadv flag entirely, and just using SMP throughout the week? It'd be a lot less invasive; I'm generally able to game and browse the internet while SMP Folding without any issues.
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Might I suggest removing the -bigadv flag entirely, and just using SMP throughout the week? It'd be a lot less invasive; I'm generally able to game and browse the internet while SMP Folding without any issues.
How big would the point difference be, per week? I know this is a great cause and a little inconvenience (like having to use my laptop for a couple days each week) wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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I should point out, more points doesn't equal more research.

While you would get a bit less points doing SMP, you're still contributing (you might even argue you're contributing more, since each SMP WU takes ~6 hours, while -bigadv takes a couple of day). Plus, less hassle in general.
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It'd be a lot less invasive; I'm generally able to game and browse the internet while SMP Folding without any issues.
Your "gaming" consist of Worms which can be run on my iPhone.
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And Portal. Let's not forget Portal.
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I should point out, more points doesn't equal more research.

While you would get a bit less points doing SMP, you're still contributing (you might even argue you're contributing more, since each SMP WU takes ~6 hours, while -bigadv takes a couple of day). Plus, less hassle in general.
Good point.

Should I fold on my GPUs while I'm folding SMP? Or would that drastically affect my bonus points? And how will folding SMP affect FPS in games? I play a lot of BF:BC2, DiRT 2, Fallout: NV, etc.
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You'd need to give up one thread of the SMP client to allow the GPU room to Fold, but it shouldn't be a major loss.

As for the games, most games you won't see any FPS loss from SMP Folding, but it really varies depending on the game.
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