Edit: after seeing http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/vi ... hp?t=57784
I'll be considering scrapping anything I said about getting a faster 775 setup .
I guess I'm behind the times... didn't know you could get I3/I5 down to such low power levels.
This is an Intel G31 based system with a Celeron 430 (until I have extra cash to get a faster Core2). I already had the cpu, memory, and case, so I only needed a new PSU and motherboard to get it up and running.
That is a Zotac board. Never used them before but it was the only choice I had at Microcenter with the G31 chipset and it was only 38 bucks! Not a great board with only VGA output and 10/100 ethernet. The plus side, however, is the solid caps and the nice build quality for such a cheap price. This system was designed to be low power with integrated graphics, one hard drive, and one DIMM.
While running the Windows Experience Test the northbridge was too hot to touch but the cpu was cool with the Thermaltake CPU fan unplugged.
The kill-a-watt photo shows the system at idle using 38 watts. During the Windows Experience testing it hit a max of 53 watts.
I have been doing some research. It seems that the G31 chipset coupled with the ICH7 southbridge is about as low power as a 775 machine can get.
I can't find a list of approved memory for it. Is there such a list?