Originally Posted by fluxlite
How much time do you have to spare between handing the WU in and its deadline just out of interest? I don't generally run my pc at night for various reasons, but the 40k+ figures make me want to
I think you meant how long in Jedix's case, but I can't answer that so I'll give a general reply instead.
Most -bigadv WUs have a 4 day deadline for bonuses (they actually have a 6 day final deadline, but you only get base points (8,955pts) for that, and they resend the WU out after the 4 day deadline has been missed anyway).
A moderately OC'd i5 2500k, using native Linux, would be finishing them in 2-3 days. So a day before the deadline basically. If you only turn off your computer for a few hours each evening, you could possibly complete the WUs.
, since these WUs are so big, and things can go wrong, the lack of flexibility with the deadlines means that unless you're going 24/7, SMP would probably be the safer option. As around; there's little worse than completeing a -bigadv WU only to find you got no points for it.