Originally Posted by Talynn67
Yea i was recommended to OCN looking to overclock my processor by a friend, then after browsing the forums and learning all i can on how to overclock and all about cooling and the mathematics behind it I kept noticing folding in some people's avatars. i already had BOINC so i read up on it, and it happened by chance that i bought a power supply off BWG and it was all down hill from there.
Originally Posted by Talynn67
In the fall, my friend and I are working on a water cooled project computer, using some left over/ inexpensive parts. Quite left over i should say, ide CD ROM drive, ddr2 ram, Am2+ socket board, some AMD processor i think it's a 2.8ghz dual core not sure which, and a hard drive from one of my old laptops and his old xbox so at least those are sata but 2.5". So the only valuable parts are the PSU, the xpsc kit, the case when we find one, and maybe the hard drives. I may buy his half out after we learn what we can about how to build a water cooling loop and then set it up to be a more permanent folding rig. Problem is I don't think any of the hardware we have going into it qualifies, so options are I could get an Nvidia Card for it and water cool the card and it can work in the Nvidia category or upgrade the MB and CPU to stay in the cat 3 category I can split the Ram between my current system or get more depending. Or possibly do both seems like that's where most of the Gaps in the folding teams are. It would not be for a while anyway, but I am open to suggestions now or recommendations for needed hardware to fill spots.
I know in the Winter season there will be days where my father will want to stay home and work using solid works from my computer since it's already licensed for the windows 7 OS on it.
Here pretty soon, I'll begin to strictly enforce folding in 1 category only. It's a rule right now that should be enforced, but I allowed people the option to temp fold for missing folders until the end of this month. I may extend that for another month though. I already have a few replacements for myself in the works.
Originally Posted by crazyap7
That's OCN for ya
I stumbled onto here when I built my first computer and lurked for a while, and now here I am, folding 24/7 and purchasing upgrades solely for that purpose
It's oddly addicting.
Difficult choice. It comes down to comparing the price:performance ratio. If you buy an expensive graphics card (say, GTX580, ~$500) you could run ~20-25k PPD (I think, someone more knowledgeable than I am about GPU PPD should clarify this). Compare that to the price of purchasing a new motherboard and processor ($220 for a 2500k and $125 for a P8Z68 V-LX) which you could run on an extremely good overclock around 60k PPD folding bigadv, more realistically around 40k-50k PPD. I'd say new processor wins
However, I'm not exactly sure what kind of money you're talking about investing here, in which case the GPU could be a much better contender. Example: a refurb GTX480 could run you about $150, but on a decent OC could get you a similar PPD to the 580, and be much cheaper than buying a new proc and board.
Yeah, that's right on for the 580 PPD. P8Z68 V-LX can only handle around 4.5 to 4.6 GHz for a 2600k. I'm not sure if a 2500k would do better, but I returned the one I bought because of the weak VRM.
Originally Posted by morencyam
Sorry for the zeros the past few days guys. I was out of town for work and while I was gone we had a storm and knocked out the power. I got it back up and running a few hours ago so I should start dropping some points shortly
No explanation needed there. Ohio is declared a federal disaster area in all 88 counties. 30% of Lancaster, the city I work in, is still without power. I'm a Mortgage Loan Originator, and I had to send appraisers back out to houses to make sure a tree or something did not force it's way into a home