Productive uses of PC hardware?

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  1. NitroGuy

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    hey guys, i remember using my PC to download music back when i had dial up 10 years ago. i used to leave it running all night and in this way it was doing something productive.

    it seems like new hardware is mainly used for gaming. can it be used for anything productive? what can i do with PC hardware to make my life better/more efficient. i'm looking something that i don't need to actively be at the PC and just want it to work by itself.

    is there anything else i could have my PC do during the night?

    thanks for any help!
     
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    It really depends on what you want to use it for...

    Of course, you can still use it to download whatever you like. But there's also many other things you could do, such as participate in SETI, Bitcoin mine, fold, etc. However, none of these things will make your life more efficient, and some of them will likely cause a spike in your power usage...

    IMO the most productive use of your PC is when you're sitting in front of it, using it...
     
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    Really depended on what you are doing.

    +1 to folding.

    If you do video editing you can encode your vidoe when ur sleeping.

    For most people its going to be just download.
     
  4. Dr1fty

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    Try turning it off..

    Saves electricity, global warming, greenhouse gasses, etc etc

    I have mine on 24/7 but it sleeps after 5 mins. Often I walk back to it only after what seems a minute and it's sleeping.

    :)
     
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    ^that's a bit of a rape on your mechanical hdds.
     
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    I'd like to tell you that you're wrong.. But I'm not sure.

    My drives spin up as required and I hardly access them. (Mostly movies drive) Both OS and Games are on seperate SSD's and only a few extra games are on a mechanical drive.

    What I don't know is if all the drives spin up when coming out of a sleep..

    Either way, drives are cheap! (until the next flood)
    :)
     
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    Damn, nostalgia for me caused by the TS.

    I run boinc or folding@home with a certain percentage of my cpu or gfx card, I calculate what $25 bucks of electricity use (quarterly) would be from my hardware and leave it at that.

    I feel like I'm donating something to the greater good that way. There are so many worthy distributed computing projects around.
     
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    You just need to keep doing this. Download it all again in FLAC. Then get the Music Videos to match.

    Surely you haven't downloaded the entire internet yet? If not, you aren't trying hard enough :lol:
     
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    ok thanks. ya it doesn't have to be something productive. just something where the PC is doing some work for me like it used to when i was downloading..
     
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    i just thought my PC could do something with all the power modern PC's have...
     
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    uhh what's bitcoin btw?
     
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    I thought it was already being productive but doing stuff quicker so you didn't have to leave it on all night :thumbup:
    FYI, finding a excuse reason to leave it on/running isn't productive, just wasteful. You wouldn't need to ask for ideas if you legitimately already had a reason to leave it running.
     
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    If you're looking for an excuse to leave a PC on, setting up a home server for torrenting TV shows and acting as a general fileserver is good fun.

    Hard to say without knowing any of your hobbies though.
     
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    I leave mine on to download 24/7. Also rendering videos that take a while sometimes I do that overnight. I used to fold then mined, but my GFX card gets a bit too noisy as my PC in in my room, its all silent accept for the bloody GFX card, so I try to only run stuff that won't trash it at 100% over night. (video processing normally limited by hard drive and CPU so GPU is only running at 50%)


    Also in the scheme of things leaving your PC on is the least of your worries if you're some greeny global warming activist. My PC only uses 200w when just downloading stuff, the lights we leave on at night and the two fridges use way more power.
     
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    i try to leave my 2nd pc on as a file server/media streaming and have it running seti@ home while idol

    while my main pc in mainly on only at night playing games and plaing music.

    not much else.

    a pc is only productive as you want it to be (like said above) you can contribute in a bionic project (or what ever program you want to use for it) or convert media files or streaming service or all of the above. there are plenty of options out there.

    all comes down to personal preference in the end :cool::leet::D
     
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    Buy a few dvb-t tuners and use Mediaportal as a tv server - use mediaportal's onlinevideos plugin(with watchseries) to watch nearly any tv series or movie, that was ever made, anytime that you want.

    Get a usb external relay, and use your pc to switch garden watering / lighting etc.

    Do excessive logging and graphs on your solar power inverter daily amounts.
     
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    what's folding?
     
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    yah well i'm just trying to come up with something so i asked the question.

    there must be something it can do productively and make it 'work' for me when i'm not at home and using it.
     

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