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Message 705305 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 16:46:13 UTC

On January 5th I signed up to run seti WUs on my idle cps on the laptop. Just an interest in UFOs and their drivers.
How many computers, or how much RAC is obsessive?
I've got my eye on the X9770, when it's released. Is this normal?

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Message 705310 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 16:59:58 UTC

One or two machines crunching on idle: casual user.
10 machines crunching full time: interested user.
Buying all the latest hardware and o/cing it beyond belief (msattler, I'm looking at you!): hardcore user.
Running it on every machine you have permission to: healthy obsession.
Running it on every machine you don't have permission to: unhealthy obsession.

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Message 705312 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 17:00:53 UTC - in response to Message 705305.

On January 5th I signed up to run seti WUs on my idle cps on the laptop. Just an interest in UFOs and their drivers.
How many computers, or how much RAC is obsessive?
I've got my eye on the X9770, when it's released. Is this normal?

:)
Andrew

I have always liked to upgrade...Since seti I have a hard time turning off an old computer as long as it can run Seti...I am trying to figure out where I put a new quad I want to build...Seti just gives me a good reason to keep them running...My real hobby is building and overclocking machines....
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Message 705318 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 17:27:41 UTC - in response to Message 705312.

I have always liked to upgrade......My real hobby is building and ... machines....


Ain't it fun? If I could do it for a living and make decent money doing it, I'd love life so much more.
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Message 705320 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 17:31:47 UTC - in response to Message 705305.

While nurse Olga does not agree, it is just a hobby.

http://www.carolynsclinic.f2s.com/

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Message 705328 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 18:06:58 UTC

i think it starts out a hobby turning in to obsession after the 1st week lol
but thats just my 2 cents i did have lol lol

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Message 705357 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 19:43:42 UTC - in response to Message 705310.

One or two machines crunching on idle: casual user.
10 machines crunching full time: interested user.
Buying all the latest hardware and o/cing it beyond belief (msattler, I'm looking at you!): hardcore user.
Running it on every machine you have permission to: healthy obsession.
Running it on every machine you don't have permission to: unhealthy obsession.

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Message 705373 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 21:02:44 UTC

I know of some who have literally dozens of PCs, One guy has no cases, But has them setup nicely on some plastic shelves, Obsessive? Maybe, Maybe not. Me I only have 4 PCs, 2 online and 2 offline that are in storage for a while so I'm not obsessive. Or I don't think I am at least.
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Message 705379 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 21:08:29 UTC

I'm not obssesive at all. I only run one pc 24/7. Some of the time my main pc only runs at 30% of the cpu, this is only done when I am using the computer though. I don't consider this to be at all obsesive.
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Message 705396 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 22:49:05 UTC

It's not an addiction, I can stop anytime I decide I want to.

I just don't want to :-)
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Message 705404 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 23:38:46 UTC

I was/am a bit to obsessive. Best to make it a side hobby.

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Message 705405 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 23:43:22 UTC

Thank you, all. You've eased my fears and helped me justify my next purchase.

I found a mob on ebay who recondition old Dells. I can get a workstation with one Xeon for half the price of my 2nd quad box. And still have room to expand!

It would be irresponsible to miss such a great deal!
Again, Thank you all.
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Message 705406 - Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 23:46:13 UTC - in response to Message 705320.
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While nurse Olga does not agree, it is just a hobby.

http://www.carolynsclinic.f2s.com/

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carolyns clinic

ok that is just 2 funny :-) ....

now where is that other old MOB/CPU and RAM I had hidden ...
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Message 705413 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 0:53:47 UTC

Of course one persons hobby, Might be another persons obsession. :D
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Message 705419 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 1:51:48 UTC

there has gotta be a 12 step program for this.

at least i'm not running every computer i could be running.



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Message 705428 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 2:24:51 UTC

I would put every old machine I have to crunching except my apartment is power poor. I will be pushing it with the laptop, game rig(current cruncher) and the new quad system in the works. The quad will be the first cow on the new farm. The game rig will become a quad later in the year as money allows. This will put me at 8 cores crunching. I tried crunching with the laptop but it got to warm to my liking.

Being retired and finding a great hobby like this, Priceless!
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Message 705433 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 2:40:42 UTC - in response to Message 705419.

there has gotta be a 12 step program for this.

There is but I changed it to thirteen and uped the fsb!

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Message 705434 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 2:41:24 UTC - in response to Message 705428.

I would put every old machine I have to crunching except my apartment is power poor. I will be pushing it with the laptop, game rig(current cruncher) and the new quad system in the works. The quad will be the first cow on the new farm. The game rig will become a quad later in the year as money allows. This will put me at 8 cores crunching. I tried crunching with the laptop but it got to warm to my liking.

Being retired and finding a great hobby like this, Priceless!



If you want to crunch with your laptop browse circuit city for a laptop cooler pad...i got one for $15 and it dropped my powerbook's temp about 10 degrees...no longer burns my lap when im on it
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Message 705440 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 2:49:34 UTC

The laptop has gone back to its old job of playing music, email and videos. All of which it does a great job of.

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Message 705533 - Posted: 29 Jan 2008, 12:07:06 UTC

I am not addicted. :o

I have 1 laptop and 2 stationary PCs NOT crunching SETI, (they aren't even powered up) :)

My Laptop is an old 850 MHz PIII, sufficient for internet banking but starts to puff and groan, when I try to get some work out of it.

The other 2 PC's are an Athlon 3000+ and an Athlon64 X2 6400+.

Those 2 could do a decent job of crunching SETI, but my Electricity Meter is already Busy enough.

My 2 running hosts consumes 15+ KWh per day equal to $190 per month. (Power is expensive in Denmark :( )

This is all my strained budget can take, right now.

So I am not addicted, or do I need qualified help?? :)

ChrisD

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