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Is this machine worthy of [email protected]?

Discussion in 'Team OcUK Distributed Computing Projects' started by derv, 8 Jan 2012.

  1. derv

    Wise Guy

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    My mum's PC has been upgraded recently and I now have her old Dell. Is it worth the electricity setting this up for a SETI 24/7 machine? It's so slow I have no intention to use it for anything else;

    Intel Celeron 420 @ 1.6ghz
    512MB DDR2 RAM 667mhz
    Onboard 128mb graphics
    150gb Sata HDD
    Windows XP Home

    Given that the machine is so unresponsive (30secs plus to open a window) I plan to give it a fresh XP install with windows updates, throw on some free AV software and let BOINC do it's thing.

    Am I wasting my time? Are there any cheap upgrades worth doing for better SETI performance? A cheap Nvidia GPU perhaps or a bit of extra RAM?
     
  2. Biffa

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    Not worth the leccy as it stands. Adding a second hand 9800 (128 stream) nvidia card or above, would make it worthwhile.
     
  3. derv

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    Cheers Biffa.

    Looks like the motherboard may also take an E6600 CPU as the Celeron is on an LGA775 socket. I'll keep my eyes out for a cheap CPU and Nvidia card and will save on my electric until then.

    Guess I need to start posting more so I can get access to MM. Being a forum member for 9 years isn't quite enough :D
     
  4. Grimgoth

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    I'd ditch the AV software if all its going to do is connect to BOINC and [email protected] servers....
    every little helps :p
     
  5. Biffa

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    If 775 then may take a quad core
     
  6. derv

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    Quad core sounds good. What CPU should I be looking for? I've only been able to find dual core CPUs that fit a 775 socket.
     
  7. Biffa

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    probably that age you are going to look at Q6600
     
  8. derv

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    I will hopefully have a Q6600 coming through the post tomorrow. Since buying it I've discovered that quad cores might not work on the motherboard I have (they are fine on the normal model board, but the Dell board has some changes and a different BIOS). Sadly even if it does work I won't be able to overclock it.

    Worst case my wife's PC will get the Q6600 and I'll take her E5400 for the SETI machine.

    Now it's time to find a half decent Nvidia GPU, and no doubt will need a better PSU to run the thing. SETI is beginning to get expensive... I think I've caught the bug.
     
  9. Ben Cole

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    I agree. If you're only doing BOINC then there's nothing worth protecting.

    Why slow down an already slow system with pointless AV.
     
  10. derv

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    It will be hooked up to my network which has shared folders active (pics of my family etc). Wouldn't it be a bit risky running a machine on my network without any AV?
     
  11. Ben Cole

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    I hadn't considered that but if it's just running Seti I really can't see any problems for you.

    I don't run any AV and I can't remember the last problem I had.
     
  12. derv

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    Motherboard didn't take the Q6600 :(

    My wife now has a nice upgrade on her machine (installed boinc on the quiet :D :D :D) and I've got the E5400 in the Dell. I'm dropping in 2gb of RAM tomorrow.

    What is the best second hand GPU I can get on the cheap purely for SETI? I want to spend as little as possible. I was thinking something like a GTX260 but have no clue when it comes to bang for buck.
     
  13. Biffa

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    GTX460 you should be able to pick one up second hand for around 75-80 quid