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when I found this forum I wikid it... Do you really donate your computer resouces to the "study" of protien
 

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Yes folding is when you download wu's (work units) from stansford and your computer "folds proteins" to see what causes cancer and such.

Its both a competition and a way to help cure diseases such as cancer and alzheimers and more
 

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what level of performance do you need how does it affect you sys resources can you toggle it on and off?
 

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No limit on performance. The SMP (CPU) client throttles back when other things need some resources so its hardly noticeable. The GPU client doesn't throttle as well but you can pause it of you must game.
 

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what level of performance do you need how does it affect you sys resources can you toggle it on and off?
You need a powerful CPU or preferably a powerful GPU.

Yes, of course, it's all under your control. It usually works when you're not on.
 

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well I dont game and this is my first build and I attribute those conditions to modern quality of life
air food water quality but that doesnt mean they cannot find a answer I was going to add
an ASUS ATi HD2400 vid card to my onboard 4250 for a hybrid would that be good for folding?
 

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well I dont game and this is my first build and I attribute those conditions to modern quality of life
air food water quality but that doesnt mean they cannot find a answer I was going to add
an ASUS ATi HD2400 vid card to my onboard 4250 for a hybrid would that be good for folding?
No, you need a powerful GPU. A high-end one like the HD 6950, or at least an HD 4800/5700.

Btw, you don't game? I am so sorry..
 

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No, you need a powerful GPU. A high-end one like the HD 6950, or at least an HD 4800/5700.

Btw, you don't game? I am so sorry..
I def wouldn't recomend AMD GPUs right now for folding they get crap for PPD per watt until the new client comes out. For serious points you need high end Nvidia cards or Intel i7s
 

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Only gpus cmpatible for folding is the Nvidia 8xxx + series and the ATI 4xxx series and above

Your quad should easily get oer 4k ppd
 

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I def wouldn't recomend AMD GPUs right now for folding they get crap for PPD pwe watt until the new client comes out. For serious points you need high end Nvidia cards
Since I knew he would never buy a high-end card either way, I gave the example of the AMD cards to appeal to him since he so far only had AMD GPUs.
 

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As some have said, the GPUs you have (and are planning to get) aren't compatible but if you just want to get your feet wet in folding, the CPU client is a good one to start out on. And it is hardly noticeable during light use. So long as you don't plan on doing video rendering or something that will eat at the CPU it should be good.
 

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As some have said, the GPUs you have (and are planning to get) aren't compatible but if you just want to get your feet wet in folding, the CPU client is a good one to start out on. And it is hardly noticeable during light use. So long as you don't plan on doing video rendering or something that will eat at the CPU it should be good.
I'm just worried that his stock cooling won't hold.
 

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I def wouldn't recomend AMD GPUs right now for folding they get crap for PPD per watt until the new client comes out. For serious points you need high end Nvidia cards or Intel i7s
Or you can just BOINC and they have projects for every GPU/CPU/OS and they have many projects that fold proteins. They also offer a myriad of other scientific projects of many other disciplines (astronomy, math, cryptography etc...) you can even search for alien life and near Earth objects (aka asteroids). Oh yeah, you can work for the LHC at CERN too if you want.

Cancer? Yeah we do cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, alzheimers - you name it. (diabetes, malaria)

We have a page right on the main page near the Folding section.

EDIT - to answer your original question - folding is what was said above, a mathematical equation helped by computers to simulate how proteins could fold...they use multiple simulations to hopefully come to a conclusion of what may be the right combo. thing is, it takes TONS of computers to do it. Either a.)you create a super computer or b.)you create a distributed computing network of computers that spread the work out amongst a ton of people (like all of us). [email protected] and BOINC are both examples of distributed computing networks. Stanford runs [email protected], UC Berkeley runs BOINC - but [email protected] is 1 project, while BOINC is dozens
 
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