From further research, the CPU will still do "its thing" as before.. relenting to other data needs. But the GPU will not 'fold' unless there is no active video.. only when the screen is 'blank' or the provided screen saver is applied (video idle).
Using the [email protected]
program 7.3.6. That "pinging" effect is indeed the system returning data packets that are complete. No running log as with the CPU folding.
So far, after about 14 hours of the new system in operation, have gained over 4,500 points and 15 added units to my score.
Running the CPU folding on 'medium' setting, allowing the GPU to its own needs. If I go higher on CPU folding, the PSU puts out a bit too much warm exhaust.
Since this case is a five-bay model with two unused 5.25" bays, I took off one of the cover plates.. so the system gets all the air it wants. Will fashion a filter from some air cell foam.. like a "scrubbie". But as to other uses on this new system, it is now a 'dedicated' [email protected]
My upgrade cost was just over $450.00 USD.
Final specs: "[email protected]
Mobo: Intel D975XBX2KR I975X LGA775.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, (SL9S8) 1066 FSB speed.
CPU cooler: Dynatron K987.
Memory: G Skill 2 GB, GSK F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK 1066 Timing 5-5-5-15.
Video: Nvidia GTX280 PCI-E x 16, 1 GB. [240 CUDA cores!]
Audio: SigmaTel STAC9271D 8-channel.
PSU: Antec 650 watt (EA-650).
Hard drive: Seagate ES ST500NM0011 500GB 7200 RPM SATA.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium.
Update Mar. 07.. Did a wattage check on the system, and at "normal" idle it draws around 185 watts. When fully active, that goes up to 265 watts.
Considering the electric rate here at $0.1416/kwh, with about 15 hours daily, that equates to around $17.00 USD per month. Can live with that!
Edit Mar. 09.. corrected the electric rates for my area!
Edit Mar. 10..
Seems there may be a problem with the video driver, has "crashed" twice.. after about 9 hours operation. No video. Keyboard or mouse input have no effect. The only way I can get video back is to manually shut down.. using Alt+F4 and then "U" or "return". Upon restart, video is good again. The driver is from Nvidia, 126.96.36.19965 10/13/2013 which is supposed to be the latest version.