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Out of curiousity...

by satish_997 / June 30, 2008 1:49 AM PDT

I've been doing a little video editing and my computer has been handling everything I've thrown at it so far quite well. I've also started experimenting with building a web page though I don't think that will ever be seriously taxing, please correct me if I'm mistaken there. My question is, "What can powerful gaming computers be used for besides just gaming and video editing?"

Here's the specs:

XP Pro 32 bit (thinking of upgrading to 64 bit later)
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz (will upgrade to quad core this September)
8GB 800Mhz RAM (already have the ram for 64 bit os)
EVGA Geforce 8800GTX

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besides just gaming and video editing?. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Out of curiousity...

Decode the human genome.

Calculate Pi.

Run the SETI project.

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Ha!
by satish_997 / June 30, 2008 3:02 AM PDT

I'll have to try one of those sometime. I was actually considering the SETI project along with a few others at one point. A few things that stopped me was I didn't see any instructions to remove or stop the program using my extra cpu cycles if I wanted; I could probably force it to stop, but I would prefer as clean an uninstall as possible. The other thing was how much of a security risk could it be. Any ideas?

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I've run SETI. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 10:29 AM PDT
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for years. Zero problems on either my home built server AMD 2 GHz with a Gig of RAM, or my IBM P-4 3 GHz dual processor with 2 Gig of RAM. SETI is set up so you never know it's there, and you can designate when it runs, how much resources are used, and more. Security risk? None.

http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

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RE: "What can powerful gaming computers ...
by Edward ODaniel / June 30, 2008 8:43 AM PDT
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be used for besides just gaming and video editing?"

That is a really broad question, could you be a little more specific?

I ask because that "powerful gaming computer" could be used for editing text files or programming databases. It could be used for playing Solitaire or Flight Simulator.

It could also be used for testing a computer's glide ratio either empirically or pragmatically (or with possible necessary modifications as a doorstop or fishtank).

The sky is the limit! Wink
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to utilize their maximum potential
by satish_997 / June 30, 2008 9:24 AM PDT

haha! Happy

I meant what can they be used for besides gaming and video editing which utilizes their maximum potential.

I was just asking to see what kind of ideas people came up with.

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