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So I've had this rig for a while now and have decided I want to put it to some good use besides just gaming. I used zodac's v7 guide (amazing guide btw) and I'm now up and running. I used the bigadv option on my CPU.

Was wondering if anyone has tips for someone just starting out, maybe what numbers I should be seeing with this setup and whatever else you think may be helpful.
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I have folded in the past on other forums. I am thinking of doing a little to help again in a small way. But this might help you I was reading it.

http://www.overclock.net/t/224925/folding-home-essential-threads
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Sure I've got some tips that will increase your folding performance, but it will mean replacing everything you've done so far. It's not very difficult though and I can walk you through the entire setup process and can guarantee at least a 20% performance improvement compared to whatever you may be getting now.

First what you need to do is finish the work units that you are currently folding in v7, do this by clicking the Finish button in your client (in the middle of this image, to the immediate left of the viewer button) and verify that both of your slots (CPU and GPU) now say finishing instead of running. This will finish your current work unit (WU) but not download a next WU. We do this because we will be changing clients and we want to finish your current work rather than make a change in the middle. If we had moved to a different client while you were working you would not finish your current WU and it would have been lost. That is always something to avoid because when you are assigned a WU but either delete it or do not finish it, that WU is not reassigned to someone else for a very long time so it slows down and hurts the research project as a whole. So just remember to always try to avoid doing anything that will cause you to delete or otherwise lose a WU.

Ok once you have set your client to finish your current WUs and waited for them to completely finish (the ETA as seen here will have reached zero and then wait another 2 minutes to be sure it's done) we can start installing the new clients. The first one we are going to do is going to be a Virtual Machine of Linux (VM). A VM will give the folding work a more direct access to your CPU because Linux is a less bloated and better OS for folding. This is the guide for a Linux VM that I use and recommend, it's very easy to follow. First you will want to go into your BIOS and enable virtualization, this should be in the advanced tab of your BIOS under "CPU configuration" it will be called "Intel Virtualization Technology" and look like this, switch that to enable and then press F10 to save the change and exit. Then you just follow the guide as normal until you get to the web configuration part of the guide. At this point we want to make a few changes from the "base set of options" shown on the screenshot in the guide. Right click and open my screenshot at the bottom of this post in a new tab to see full size the settings appropriate for you. You want those exact settings except for putting in your own folding name and passkey, leave the primary DNS I blacked out to it's default. Once you have those settings and hit submit your VM will reboot and then start folding. To monitor it's progress the monitoring program HFM is recommended, to set it up to monitor your VM follow step 7 of the guide but just replace the log folder address with the one shown in your VM window.

Alright so that should be the VM entirely set up and monitored, next we're going to move onto the GPU. For the GPU we are going to use a type of work unit called the advanced work units, or advmethods. These WUs have two benefits, they give you about 1k points per day (PPD) more on your GPU outright, as well as using much less CPU resources so that your CPU will be folding better as well. There are a few drawbacks/considerations to keep in mind, first they are hotter than standard GPU WUs, by about 8C and second they are more prone to reveal an unstable overclock of your GPU because they are more stressful. The answer to both of those if they become a problem for you is just to revert back to the default settings and clocks for your GPU while folding if you run into any instability, but even at stock clocks the benefits of these WUs far outweigh potential drawbacks.

On to setting the advmethods GPU WUs up. We are going to use a new client for this just because it's a little more consistent and reliable than the v7 client and it works with the HFM monitoring program you will be using. Here is the client. Once that is installed and running right click on it's icon in the system tray and click configure. On the first "user" tab you'll want to fill in your folding name, team 37726, and then your passkey. Then go to the advanced tab and at the bottom in the "additional client parameters" field type in "-advmethods" without the quotation marks and then press okay. That's all for setting up that client. For setting up monitoring it with HFM click the clients menu option in HFM then add client and then make the instance name to whatever you'd like and the log folder should be "C:\Users\YOURUSERNAMEHERE\AppData\Roaming\Folding@home-gpu\" then press ok.

Once you've got everything up and running correctly you can go ahead and uninstall the v7 client as you won't need that anymore.

That should be everything but post back here with any questions you have or if you need more help. We're having a Foldathon coming up on the 19th of March which is 48 hours where we all fold as much as possible which you should sign up for here, and I would appreciate if you would put my username as your referrer.

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Edited by juano - 2/27/12 at 6:25pm
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Very informative reply. Now that my overclock is stable I'll take a look at that wall of text and get it set up. Thank you. smile.gif
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Bump For an excellent guide
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I am running a 2500k as well. It is overclocked to a 4.7 and I can get anywhere from 12-25K points per day depending on what work unit is running. For the 2500k bigadv is a longshot unless it is a dedicated rig and running native linux. Not a bad CPU overall though for folding
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If you are really new to folding, make sure you do at least 10 complete smp work units before starting -bigadv. You will not get bonus points. thumb.gif
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For the 2500k bigadv is a longshot unless it is a dedicated rig and running native linux.

don´t you need a VM to do the Core Hack trick?
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don´t you need a VM to do the Core Hack trick?

ya thats the easy way if you also want to run windows. You just have to have some way of folding through linux be it natively(apparently not a real word according to chrome) or a VM
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