Recently got into folding, quickly gaining interest... in fact, I'm running the client right now as I'm typing this! However, I have a bit of a problem... if you take a quick look at my sig rig you might get what I'm hinting at
Now I'm currently in Saudi for the summer holidays. Cheap-ass electricity, less than $0.01 per kW/h haha, fold the hell out of that thing all the way! I'll be heading back to Jordan early September to start my 2nd year of college. Planning to (at the very least) run Folding@home overnight every night while I'm asleep ( ~8 hours), I'd love to take it even further and go for maybe 24/7 folding.
Now here's the problem with Jordan. My room is in a commercial building, so electricity rates are around 3 times higher the norm of the general public... at $0.31 per kW/h and good chance it'll be going up to $0.60! Bit of Maths and Logan's **** formula and it would cost around $20 per month to run those 8 hours per night... heck $60 per month after the price-hike? Can't stomach the figure with a 24/7 run.
This is what got me to thinking of maybe building a budget low-power machine dedicated to Folding@home. I'll be attending university for the next 4 - 5 years... in less than a year I would have accumulated $200 in electricity bills... why not just build a low-power computer at this stage? I'm thinking AMD E-350 or Intel Atom... are either one up to the job? Should I be looking at more power CPUs? And (because I'm still wondering), with Folding@home, should the emphasis be on the CPU or GPU?
Could you please steer me in the right direction and guide me as to what parts I should be looking at for this new build? I'm in no hurry, build can wait a few months... I'd like to get to know all there is to folding and have a dedicated Folding@home build ready before introducing the programme to our Pharmacy faculty and (hopefully) get the entire university to embrace it. Just, as I already emphasized, I am quite concerned about the power consumption.
Would really appreciate your help,
EDIT: Just to clear the picture, check the following?
kW/h = $0.31
Sig-rig at full load with Folding@home ~ 300W?
300W x 8 hours = 2400W / 1000 = 2.4kW per day, 72kW per month
72kW x $0.31 = ~ $22 per month
Are these calculations correct?
Edited by Forde3654Eire - 7/26/13 at 11:14pm