Originally Posted by Eco Taxi
I'm currently building an intel set up now with an i5 for fun. If you do build something that's a sweet set up like you wrote above so,etching cool you can do with it is utilize it for scientific research in its down time.....
You'll download a program that's free through the university of Berkly I think called "boinc"
With it you can use your computer power to crunch numbers for science- you choose the different projects you want to participate with. I'm crunching numbers for help discovery cures for diseases and crunching numbers for searching for pulsars etc there's a bunch of programs so when I'm not using my computer when I'm at work or asleep I feel it's been used worth wild
Be careful with the DC projects, they will make your power bill go up both from the extra power to run your system and cooling the house with the extra heat from the system.