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    I'm sure that many of us will be getting new goodies for our systems soon (like bigdawg...) and the need to test/benchmark will arise.
    Over the past few months that I have spent literally hours running various tests to establish the stability/performance of my rig.
    One of the more common strategies involves stressing the CPU to bed in your thermal paste and check your temps under load.
    This is a good thing and provides useful information.

    Recently I became aware of a way to run these simulations and do a public service simultaneously.
    It's called "distibuted computing" and there are many projects which use it.
    Basically, we all have such powerful PCs that most of the time they are only idling, their real potential untapped.
    If you join a distributed computing project your spare CPU cycles get used to perform work on huge and complex problems that require mega CPU cycletime, not typically available to research groups.
    Once you join, the program will contact homebase and recieve a bit of computation to perform. Then, as you surf the web or e-mail Mom or do your homework, it works in the backround till it's done, sends in the results and asks for more.
    During this time your CPU usage is 100%.
    You can turn it off/on at will, it is NOT spyware/adware, it WILL NOT take over your machine...you are donating computer time to a worthy cause and actually running your hotrod PC through it's paces at the same time.
    It's a win-win situation.
    I have been working for Stanford University on the Protein Folding Project for almost two weeks now.
    I have the program set to open with Windows, so I've essentially been running at full tilt for all that time. If you want to know how your cooling setup is performing this is a excellent way to find out.
    At the same time you are doing your bit to help out medical research.
    Kinda like giving blood without the crappy orange juice.

    I urge you to check it out.

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    i had a look at doing this with seti a while back, but i don't like the idea of sitting stressing my cpu at 100% constantly...what's the increase in the chip malfunctioning?
    is it worth the increase in stress when you're doing a comparitively small amount of work (even if there's a large number of people doing a small amount of work)?
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    That is a decision only you can make.
    My understanding ( from talking to several people who have doing this for months) is that there are no adverse effects...your CPU is designed to run at it&#39;s full potential.
    Even if you decided not to run the program full-time, just using it instead of say, Burn-in Test, to check out your temps, you would still be doing some good instead of just generating heat to no purpose at all.
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    hey this is really cool and guess wut i found out....my hdd is more hotter than my CPU&#33;

    currently with the folding program running..

    CPU:42
    HDD: 45

    and it seems tht my cpu temp is rising and going back and forth between 42 and 43

    it will most likely end up at 45 degrees.

    the temps are slowly increasing

    but my hdd is hotter

    wut should i do?
    is this bad?

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    45c is hardly a fatal temp...what is your case ambient?
    If you have concerns there are a number of HDD cooling solutions available.
    Abu&#39;s seems to be the most effective, but most stores are out of the Magical HDD Cooler cause of Christmas....
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    Originally posted by clocker@22 December 2003 - 17:22
    45c is hardly a fatal temp...what is your case ambient?
    If you have concerns there are a number of HDD cooling solutions available.
    Abu&#39;s seems to be the most effective, but most stores are out of the Magical HDD Cooler cause of Christmas....
    yea i noe 45 is not really alot but i think i might buy a hdd cooler boxing day

    and i live in canada and theres a computer store every kilometer

    in my case all i have is a case fan exhausting all the air out on the side
    and a dual fan PSU and stock cooling for the P4 and the mainboard right now is 31 degrees

    HDD now at 47 degrees

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    My HDD never budges temp-wise, folding or no.
    But I&#39;ve gone to pretty extreme lengths to cool it down...
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    Originally posted by clocker@22 December 2003 - 17:35
    My HDD never budges temp-wise, folding or no.
    But I&#39;ve gone to pretty extreme lengths to cool it down...
    yea lol u went a bit too extreme

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    oh and u can lower the cpu usage from the program

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    I dont really understand what that does lol...but I have been using SisSoftSandra 2003 PRO to do benchmarks. I ran all the benchmarks on my current old pos and i will be comparing them to my new computer I will use the burn in test and stuff on it also.
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