Hey chaos, I can relate on all those points - work, $$$, time - lots of work, less $$$, no time!
I looked at AtlasFolder's stats - WOW. The points he's putting up are amazing enough, but it's the number of WU's per month that pops my eyes. Heck, back in the QMD days, I doubt I put up anywhere close to 500 WU's per month, much less than tens of thousands. Just, WOW.
I like the idea of managing a multi-proc server over a farm - that farm was a big time sink, though I loved it! My kids are old enough that having some kind of server in the house would make sense (schoolwork, music, vids, games, etc).
We're looking at trying to upgrade an old CRT television to a wall-mounted flat screen - that would be a good time to add a home theater PC, built on a quad-proc platform.
(I can feel the juices flowing!)
I'm probably not going to do anything that involves significant spending for a little while, though, given the uncertainty of where taxes are going in 2013.
Never thought I'd say this, but it looks like The Fix is in up in DC. My health insurance costs are about to climb due to the new healthcare law. I'm not in the so-called 1%, but it doesn't matter relative to tax increases. Even if all the assets owned by the 1% were completely confiscated, you only get enough money to offset one year of budget deficits. Until there are some real spending cuts, NOT just a slowing of the growth of spending, the feds will have to come after the middle class via tax increases, so I'm gonna pay more sooner or later, and it's very tight for my family already.
To make matters worse, the fallout from that ghastly crime in Newtown, Connecticut appears to have energized the anti-gun people to the point that who knows what will happen? I'm feeling strongly that I need to look into picking up a few guns before the options of what I'm allowed to own are extremely limited.
D@mn, I wish our fed govt would just stay the he!! out of our lives. I want to work hard and get paid for it, grill steaks on the deck, watch bowl games with the guys, play with the kids, teach my son & daughter how to hunt, worship what and where I please... I don't care to interfere with my neighbors lives and choices... and I don't want them using their votes to interfere with mine...
Whoa - gotta get off the soap box.
That's probably better saved for The Studio.
Getting back to folding, would you go Quad-Op or Quad-Xe? Is there a specific 'board that stands above the rest? I'm not married to Intel or amd, so don't be bashful!
BTW, i take it that the quad-proc options have far exceeded vid card folding production?
Merry Christmas, chaos!