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View Poll Results: Would you Upgrade your computer to fold better?
Yes, As soon as Core I5 are out. 3 15.00%
Yes, getting a I7 soon. 1 5.00%
Looking for but don't know when. 1 5.00%
No, I am happy with my current rig 4 20.00%
No, I want to but money or wife isn't on my side. 11 55.00%
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Old September 1, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by sswilson View Post
Maybe if they're selling it to buy better folding gear..... ;)
Well, I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

And once I learn how to be a good pimp I'll have them making money for me so I can buy computer upgrades. Everybody wins!
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Old September 3, 2009, 05:58 AM
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For my main rig, I won't upgrade it for folding unless something self-destructs (e.g. went to Radeon 4870 when the 4850 became unstable). I also won't go nV on the GPU until they implement DX11 or DX10.1...

I plan to upgrade my home server when the Core i5 price drop ripples through the market, because right now it has a very poor PPD / watt ratio. The cheap PSU didn't do its job, so the rig is still alive and kicking after ~2 years of folding / seeding torrents
Home server - Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Northwood: ~100 PPD
ONE CORE of my laptop's C2D T7500 at 1.2 GHz out of 2.2GHz: ~200 PPD

If I run Linux SMP on the laptop (GPU is the defective nVidia G86 so there's no way I can fold on it), I can generate 1500-2000 PPD, likely drawing half the watts of the 100PPD Pentium 4.
"The computer programmer says they should drive the car around the block and see if the tire fixes itself." [src]
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