But let's not forget the current situation with 64-bit dual core CPUs: I went from somewhere in the 800 ppd range to over 1100 ppd just by changing to running the Linux SMP client through VMware
, which is slower than it would be if I just booted Linux. I'm still running the Windows clients, too. And I'm using an old S939 AMD CPU, which runs SSE instructions at half the speed Intel C2Ds run them. Until the SMP client quits working, it is a huge gain. When it quits working, which according to their FAQ
will be in 2 months (assumedly from the January 22 date in the FAQ), then the extra points may disappear, or perhaps they'll finally get a Windows SMP client released and the advantage of Linux will disappear.
If I wanted to start fresh right now, I'd get a 6300 C2D and a motherboard which allowed it to overclock (along with appropriate RAM), and if I wanted to game on the machine maybe an ATI 1950Pro or whatever it is, which would do reasonably well, is reasonably priced and can help with folding, accepting that soon a new bunch of GPUs will be released and probably make the resale value of the 1950 decline significantly.