i have noticed that alot of people are folding on machines that are terrible about draining your wallet of money. i was wondering if there was a way to rectify this ordeal. from what we all know.... cpu's fold like crap compared to GPU's so why even fold on them if its just sucking power from the wall? im sure some of you will argue.... go ahead... i'd like to disscuss it. but my real point is why not make folding rigs power efficient? here's more in depth... i know you need a fair amount of ram. thats a given. so say 4gb's.... that should do? for cpu why not use low power chips like celerons or 45nm core 2 duo's? i know amd has some decent low power cpu's as well and they also have some mobo's with 3 - 4 pcie slots. so you get your low power cpu and mobo with 4 slots and use a 2.5" laptop hard drive to save more power. if one isnt fast enough raid 2 or 3 and it would be less or around what a desktop drive runs. use dvd drive ONLY to install the OS and drivers and whatnot. im sure alot of your dedicated folding rigs dont have dvd drives. get a good quality high efficiency psu. you need something thats going to turn as much as that power into power and less heat. depending on your gpu's you may have to get a hefty one but thats all in what you have. GPU's.... oh boy, im sure we could talk about this all day. I, for one, think that the gtx260's are good at power efficiency and are great folding cards. the price isnt half bad either. i've seen them around $175 recently and they can do around 8500ppd(from what ive seen). they also dont give off a whole lot of heat(mine doesnt) and you could always get some water going on them. crap idea? what are your thoughts? EDIT: what im trying to convey here is my i7 920 even at stock draws a ton of power from the wall. its not really doing much good at all. a simple c2d or amd cpu thats low power would be plenty to keep a gpu folding rig going while drawing little to no power at all compared to the i7. use POWERFUL gpu's... but efficient ones... for folding. EXAMPLE: gtx2XX cards as well as g92/g94 core cards dont give of a ton of heat or draw a ton of power compared to 4k series ati cards.