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Old 06-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Picking parts for an ultra power efficient rig

Hi all, I'm trying to choose components to put inside a Coolermaster Elite 120 Advanced small form factor case I just picked up and my objective is to create a seriously energy efficient, very cool running computer for HTC and data recovery work.



What is the coolest running and least power consumpting chip intel have out at the moment? I'm not after anything quick so something within the i3 range would be ideal, but if there's a chip that runs significantly more power efficient and cooler in the i5 range then I may stretch the budget for it.

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If you want something power efficient, the Core i3 with a low-wattage 80 Plus Gold or even Platinum power supply should be your choice. Please post your budget so people can help you out.
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You could go with something like a Core i3 3217U, as it is even more efficient than other Core i3s, with a TDP of only 17W. It won't have as much grunt as the other Core i3s, but that may not worry you. For the PSU, go with a low-wattage, 80+ Gold unit, like the Seasonic G-360.
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Hi all, thanks for the suggestions but c.hegge I cannot find the i3 3217U for sale in the UK nor much of the other "low-power" i3's. Why are they so hard to get hold of?!
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Hmmm. they're easy enough to get hold of in other places. A standard core i3 (like a 3220) will probably have to do, then. Even they aren't particularly power hungry.
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