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As the title implies, I've just hit 2,000,000 points in F@H. It's an accomplishment I'm personally proud of, but I feel it may also be a sign that it's time for me to take a break from folding.

It's still cold out, and my folding still serves the purpose of replacing the heater in my apartment, but when warm weather starts to roll around I'm thinking about quitting F@H for the summer.

My room simply cannot handle the heat output from folding while still remaining comfortable for human living (or even entirely safe for the folding rigs. Last summer's heat was the end of my GTX 280).

I do however have one rig (Fukurou in my sig) which will remain on 24/7 and is not located within my room. This is my HTPC, and Minecraft/Terreria server. I'm also considering launching a Tribes 2 Construction Mod server on it.

In the past, I've tried folding on it, but one single first generation i5 cannot keep up with F@H, two game servers, and netflix streaming all at once, for instance. Doing so with a third server would be simply impossible. The system MUST remain a windows 7 professional 64bit system (linux is not an option).

So with that, I ask if anyone has any suggestions for allowing me to get some small F@H action going on Fukurou while the rest of my rigs take a break, without compromising my game servers or HTPC functions. If not, I'll simply wait until winter to begin folding again, but it feels somewhat wrong to just stop entirely after having just reached 2 million points.

Thank you all for your help and support over the past few years. Be it with F@H, recovering from drive failures, crazy mod ideas, or simply wetting my feet in liquid cooling, OCN has helped me get where I am today. Hopefully, my F@H contribution for our team can help express some of my gratitude towards this website.

And as for all my fellow folders, be you 130 million point juggernauts or someone who just started folding part time on their laptop, keep up the good work thumb.gif
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Well done mate keep up the good work biggrin.gif
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No ideas then? frown.gif
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When you say it couldn't keep up, do you mean that WU didn't complete in time of deadline? You could try to run -smp 3 or -smp2, folding on three or two threads, if there's a lot of process that wants CPU time. Limit folding like this can actually be faster than if you try to fold on all threads. Or you could get a i7-860/870...
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Rather than changing your equipment change your habits or your usage patterns.If you construct an impossible situation that is slanted to only one answer,chances are you will get that answer.
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When you say it couldn't keep up, do you mean that WU didn't complete in time of deadline? You could try to run -smp 3 or -smp2, folding on three or two threads, if there's a lot of process that wants CPU time. Limit folding like this can actually be faster than if you try to fold on all threads. Or you could get a i7-860/870...

I see. I will have to try that.

The workunits often could not get done on time unless I allowed F@H enough priority to render the game servers useless.

I may be able to drop the terreria server off this machine but minecraft MUST stay, and cannot lag, so I'm already running somewhat low on cpu cores. On top of that, it MUST still be responsive and fluid when streaming videos, watching blurays, and other HTPC functions.

I also have a dead GTX 280 sitting in my closet. Burned it out last summer - was folding 24/7 on it and forgot to open the window one day after closing it due to someone smoking outside. It might be possible to bake it back to life, but I'm unsure if it would help anything. GPU folding to the best of my knowledge, still takes substantial CPU power and on top of that, would likely not play nice with blurays and netflix. Any ideas there? Perhaps I could fold on the 280 and continue using the i5's IGP for video output? Do you know of a way to limit the GPU folding client's CPU usage?
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Rather than changing your equipment change your habits or your usage patterns.If you construct an impossible situation that is slanted to only one answer,chances are you will get that answer.

Not really sure how this is supposed to help. I can't change the weather nor the fact that the apartment I live in has piss-poor AC and window ACs are not allowed. I can only operate under the constraints I am presented.
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Rather than changing your equipment change your habits or your usage patterns.If you construct an impossible situation that is slanted to only one answer,chances are you will get that answer.

I agree. You are trying to ask for something that is probably not there. If you dont have the CPU cycles to fold for decent points/meet the deadlines and run things that you must have such as a minecraft server you have your answer. While running a GPU will give you another source of points the drain on your CPU might be noticeable but probably not. I am able to run a 460 without any impact and only notice a .5% CPU usage
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I agree. You are trying to ask for something that is probably not there. If you dont have the CPU cycles to fold for decent points/meet the deadlines and run things that you must have such as a minecraft server you have your answer. While running a GPU will give you another source of points the drain on your CPU might be noticeable but probably not. I am able to run a 460 without any impact and only notice a .5% CPU usage

That is pretty much what I am saying.Let me put it in different words.If you have all these "jobs" that simply must get done but you still want to squeeze folding in, you are going to have to re-evaluate just what must get done. What I do about the heat is drop off drastically both the gpu folding and fold only at night.Can you adopt a program similar to this?
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I was under the impression the 2XX series cannot run the advance work units for 5XXX points that use little cpu cycles. I would say drop the 280 and go with a 4 or 5 series graphic card. My PNY 450 I cannot hear, the fans or the capacitor when it folds the 5XXX point units and it hovers at 70C all day long with stock fan profile. My 520 I cannot hear the fan and it doesn’t wine hovers at 50C, nor dose it have a problem with Netflix, or Hulu, the 520 is in a P4 right now inside a dell case. (Also bear in mind that I drive a crotch rocket 30 miles to and from work, so there is a good chance I cant hear anyways). I hope this helps. -Ren
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