You wouldn't want to run bigbigadv on a 2500k and normal bigadv are too rare to even worry about but you would meet those deadlines just fine the once in a blue moon you got them, but you may as well just not even enable bigadv and just run normal SMP. The main benefit of the VM isn't that you would be folding different WUs, it would be that whatever WUs you do fold would be folding faster than in windows. Gaming while folding in the VM wouldn't bork the VM but it may lag the game depending on how much CPU the game requires, for example I wouldn't want to play BF3 while CPU folding but any source game or similar would be fine. The difference in terms of gaming while folding in the VM is that the standard windows folding client sets a core priority of low in task manager while the VM runs at normal, but if that becomes a problem then you can just manually set it once lower when you start it and it will keep that setting until the next time the VM starts (so it WILL carry over through different WUs)
This should get you set up with a VM if you'd like to try it, post back here if you need any further help.
Edited by juano - 4/6/12 at 10:05pm
Originally Posted by juano
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.