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hi guys! obviously folding@home is a huge thing on this site and ive never really been into it though i do know what it is. I had a thought though. being a student my pc is either idle or off for 6 hours of week days only being used to check email by my mom or something ;p. i was thinking maybe i should start folding during that time? I've asked some people around here if i should fold and ive gotten "meh ur pc is ok but its a good cause so do it". which doesnt sound so good to me. Here's my proposed folding rig specs:

i5 3570 @ 4 ghz under AIO water
evga 660ti @ 1162-1188/1756
8 gigs 1600mhz Corsair RAM

So here's what im asking. Should i start folding during that time period? Is my rig going to make some contribution? Before i get the folding fanatics saying yes we need everybody to fold! take into account if my rig folding for that time would warrant the higher electricity bill smile.gif. thanks to whoever takes time to comment. Also should i fold on my cpu or gpu?
 
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You could make a significant contribution folding on your 660ti. It is an excellent card for folding.
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You could make a significant contribution folding on your 660ti. It is an excellent card for folding.

awesome! i expected to be gpu folding smile.gif can i gpu and cpu fold at the same time? Should i or just gpu fold?
 
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I'd expect your CPU to score around 5k-10k PPD and the 660 Ti with x17 cores will get between 50k-110k PPD. Plus, that card with fans at 100% will only hit 60c and same with the CPU.

I have two 660 Ti's and a 4770k, my PPD range from 150k-220k.

You should definitely start folding! Mainly for the cause, but you can be rewarded too. We have competitions here and a $275 random prize drawing. I won last months for the 2mill+ bracket and got $90.
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Agreed with the GPU. It gets great PPD/Watt, meaning you will do more work for the electricity that you use. Plus, you can fold with your GPU without really affecting the day-to-day use of your system. Folding would only need to be paused during GPU-intentsive tasks like gaming or photo / video editing.

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Agreed with the GPU. It gets great PPD/Watt, meaning you will do more work for the electricity that you use. Plus, you can fold with your GPU without really affecting the day-to-day use of your system. Folding would only need to be paused during GPU-intentsive tasks like gaming or photo / video editing.

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I'd expect your CPU to score around 5k-10k PPD and the 660 Ti with x17 cores will get between 50k-110k PPD. Plus, that card with fans at 100% will only hit 60c and same with the CPU.

I have two 660 Ti's and a 4770k, my PPD range from 150k-220k.

You should definitely start folding! Mainly for the cause, but you can be rewarded too. We have competitions here and a $275 random prize drawing. I won last months for the 2mill+ bracket and got $90.

OK! i just downloaded F@H smile.gif. should i fold gpu and cpu or just gpu? I really dont mind doing both and im actually really impressed with my h60. while folding i never pass 65. Here is one issue with gpu folding. My fan only goes to 80% and though i have all the fans in my case filled and running at max i cant seem to keep my gpu under 70C. i max out temp wise at 72-73. i dont get throttling much though i stay at 1162 core clock i just wont get much higher. When i had my gpu bios flashed my fan went to 100% and my gpu never went above 65C. i also had my voltage higher and i had some minor issues i didnt want to deal with. would my gpu being that temp be ok? its perfectly fine for gaming and heaven as im very stable though folding is very intensive. Should i just flash my gpu and not change anything except the fan speed max?
 
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My advice - Start with just the GPU. It makes the greatest contribution and is the least intrusive. And if heat is a problem, eliminating the heat produced by your CPU will only help your GPU produce more.

 

EDIT: Also, adjust your fan curve. I'm at 50% minimum, building from 50% at 50°C to 75% at 70°C, then to 100% at 90°C. That largely eliminates throttling, as my ambient temperatures are usually between 75°F and 78°F.


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My advice - Start with just the GPU. It makes the greatest contribution and is the least intrusive. And if heat is a problem, eliminating the heat produced by your CPU will only help your GPU produce more.

EDIT: Also, adjust your fan curve. I'm at 50% minimum, building from 50% at 50°C to 75% at 70°C, then to 100% at 90°C. That largely eliminates throttling, as my ambient temperatures are usually between 75°F and 78°F.
i have a performance based fan curve set smile.gif. intrusiveness doesnt matter as i will be folding when im at school! so the pc will be almost 100% not touched during folding. Does that mean i should go gpu and cpu? like i said intrusiveness isnt an issue.
 
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i have a performance based fan curve set smile.gif. intrusiveness doesnt matter as i will be folding when im at school! so the pc will be almost 100% not touched during folding. Does that mean i should go gpu and cpu? like i said intrusiveness isnt an issue.

 

You're saying that it's not an issue at all, but that the PC is only truly out of use for 6 hours per weekday. I just want to make sure you understand that if you are folding on both your CPU and GPU, your PC will struggle with even basic tasks like web browsing and e-mail. You can always pause folding, but when you have others sharing the system, it's likely to cause discord. If you choose to devote both your CPU and GPU to folding, be sure that you and everyone that uses your PC understand what impact that will have.

 

So here's your answer: If you are sure that your PC can be fully devoted to folding, then fold on both the CPU and GPU. If you aren't certain that you or other users can accept your PC being unusable for tasks other than folding, then start with just the GPU.

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You're saying that it's not an issue at all, but that the PC is only truly out of use for 6 hours per weekday. I just want to make sure you understand that if you are folding on both your CPU and GPU, your PC will struggle with even basic tasks like web browsing and e-mail. You can always pause folding, but when you have others sharing the system, it's likely to cause discord. If you choose to devote both your CPU and GPU to folding, be sure that you and everyone that uses your PC understand what impact that will have.

So here's your answer: If you are sure that your PC can be fully devoted to folding, then fold on both the CPU and GPU. If you aren't certain that you or other users can accept your PC being unusable for tasks other than folding, then start with just the GPU.

ok! thank you! great answer. will folding with both increase productivity greatly? if so i definately will use both! And when you say solely devoted to folding that just means devoted during the time you have folding running? Probably sounds like a crazy stupid question but still il ask it smile.gif as in it will have no affect while folding is off.
 
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