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  1. Arjai

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    Ok, I will most likely be sitting in front of three of the four installs. Actually, two. I think my sister just disabled BOINC, or she could have removed it, IDK.

    My brother in CA? That will be a long talk!!

    Anywho, four more cpu's, at least 8 more, part time, cores, should help some. I am forgetting if my sister has hyper threading. Could be more.

    But thanks, Bill. Always a pleasure when you post these Pearls of computer-ism wise-ness. :roll::roll:

    So, in YHO, you be thinking 6.sumptin, would be better on a W7 machine? 7.0.64 has been the most flawless version I remember ever using in my short and illustrious Crunchin career. :eek:
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    All in.
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  3. Norton

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    7.0.64 is the better version but the WCG version (6.10.58) is the easiest way to get anyone to try it out:

    Register> Download> Install>Restart/log in> and done! ;)

    IF the person trying it out wants to get a little more performance then they can go up to the latest version (10% more ppd at full load (64bit), negligible increase in ppd at 32bit)

    My $0.02
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    Decided to donate one of my rigs as a challenge prize but may need some help with some of the parts. This is mostly my current Tricia rig, which is being replaced with an i7/X58 setup.

    Here's what I have so far on parts:
    * subject to change
    - NZXT Source 210 case w/5x 120mm fans
    - PII 1055T (6c/6t) cpu
    - AMD stock heatpipe cooler or better
    - ASUS M4A79XTD Evo (socket AM3, 790X)
    - 2x4GB DDR3 1600 ram (GSkill or Corsair)
    - 160GB WD 7200rpm HDD (minimum- may use a larger one)
    - Windows 7 and/or Linux OS

    Still need to hunt down a GPU (Radeon 4650 or better), a PSU, and possibly a mobo (not sure how well the current one works atm).
    *Note on the GPU- I do have a 8400GS card that I can use so a better card is optional atm

    If anyone wants to help with parts for the rig or with some other challenge prizes please let me know :)
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    Is a Radeon 5450 1GB better?
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    Would like to put something in that can handle some gaming (at least at lower resolutions) so I may use the 4650 that I have or try to find a 4830/5770 type card.
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    hey you are the one giving away the rig, im sure the winner wouldnt mind springing for GFX on their own or they may have something laying around to throw in. A 8400 is more than enough to crunch with and with the rigs specs anyone would jump on a free pc that only needed gaming grade gfx card.
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    Very true :toast: The 8400 run perfectly fine for a crunching rig. I'll likely stick with that one for now.
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    now if you had a q6600/x1300 256mb combo like im getting soon, THEN a better gfx card would be needed. ATI X series was frigging horrible :banghead: :banghead:
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    I have a 4870 with a Zalman cooler and 4850 with a Accelero S1. I'd need to figure out how to ship them without breaking things.
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    by chance is it a VF 9000? i had a pair of 4850s that i bought VF 9000s for and they ran just as cool as my dual X cooling on my old 6870 and current 7870 :D
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    VF1000. The main cooler did alright until it died. Not a fan of needing a 3-pin header to keep the fan spinning, but it did keep it cool.

    Edit: No pun intended about "not a fan of". :p
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    my bad it was 1000 and not 9000 that i was thinking of >_< yes i had vf 1000s as well, very very good coolers for the price. Managed to use my 4850s for almost 4 full years with those bad boys strapped on. They held a nice o/c too with the vf 1000s on them (almost 700 on the core)
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    At work we refer to them as "heaters" because that's all they're good for: adding heat to the case.
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    I'm having trouble sitting on my hands waiting for this challenge to start. Am I the only one? Lets go already! :D
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    I'll admit that the notice came a little early. However, in the time before the challenge starts you can:

    - keep crunching ;)
    - use the time to make sure your rig(s) are ready to go
    - see if you can enlist some volunteers to crunch with us
    - catch up on some gaming
    - build another rig. :D

    I have one rig that needs some work and another one to build. If I manage to get them both finished I'll have another 12 cores/18 threads ready to go before the challenge starts :toast:
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    Check!
    Working on moving a machine to Linux check (refuses to properly boot off USB)
    Bugging a friend of mine check
    Grand Theft Auto:Vice City check (also Humble Bundles and Steam Sales)
    I also have a related prize to donate.
    Let me check my wallet. Eeeeaah, wallet says not so much on this one.
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    One more quick question about this. If, for instance I do talk my brother into this, will this defaulted download be set up to only use idle time?

    Also, I know that since he will be using my login, I will be able to tweak his configuration but, could I just have him download and let it be?
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    iirc the defaults are 60%, set for 24/7, and it suspends when PC activity/use reaches a certain level (30% cpu I think?)

    Best thing to do is to check computing preferences upon install (cpu, network, etc..)
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    Correct! If you use your account, it will use the settings defined in the default profile or whatever profile you assign- if you changed the settings it will use those. If a new account, it will use the default setting as set by WCG.

    Thanks for the catch xvi! :toast:
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    I know where the system config's are...um,yea.

    Perhaps you thought that was a stupid question, it was. I often feel as though I have spent the time typing something, even though I have figured it out, while typing, I will post it anyways. It has everything to do with my needy disposition.

    Please, respond to me, I beg you! But, please try to be as friendly as you can muster. Even if I come off as an idiot. Most of my human interaction is between customers, co-workers, homeless men, crazy drunks and here.

    Guess why I visit this site everyday. It is a shining light of sanity in my somewhat insane little world. Thank you, TPU.

    :lovetpu:
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    No worries. We like you. :toast:
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    Let's not forget about this upcoming challenge! I'm hoping that lots of enthusiasm will be shared among the team for this next month, as I'm sure there will be, and for good reason too.

    As far as prizes go, the mouse I had put in last challenge will be carried forward to this upcoming challenge as a prize. Hopefully there are some team mates that could use a baller mouse. I'll also take a gander around and see if I have anything else that could of use in a prize pool :D

    I know Norton will be taking care of all of this, but I'm just throwing it out there now, let everyone know it's still available. :)

    Speaking of last challenge, I did take care of sabre23; I ended up sending him Hitman instead, since it would have been too ridiculous to ship that mouse that far :eek:. I know it sucks but it's the best I could do ;)
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