Long time lurker/reader and 1st time poster here i'm afraid
I've read loads of the threads here on low wattage systems and i want to have a crack, but i'd like some advice please!
I'll start with the stuff i've already got. I want to make this build fairly cheap (£150 or less) so re-using this lot is a must i think:PicoPSU+power brickDDR3 RAM
(up to 8gb if i move it around from other systems)Storage
(2.5" HDD or 32gb SSD available if i move hardware around. Probably go with the HDD tbh)Case - M350 itx case
Now, what i would like to achieve is a low idle power system. I have some software i wrote myself that acts as a wifi remote and it needs to be available all the time.
As that is a requirement i will also merge in PVR functionality (usb tuner which i already have, ignore for purposes of wattage) and downloader. I'm an eternal tinkerer though, so i want something with a decent amount of power (eg, not atom or zacate) as no doubt in 2 months time i'll have another usage scenario.
I'll probably be running a v. basic linux with virtualbox on top. I like this setup for various reasons which i won't go into here as i'm already waffling
First choice motherboard was the DH61DL
. Intel clearly has the best power consumption and at circa £60 its a decent price too. However, nowhere (reputable) seems to have it in stock. Has it been discontinued?
So now i'm torn between the DH67CF
(which is the board from the famous missingremote 14.5W system) and the MSI H61I-E35
How different are my idle wattages likely be with these 2? Does the MSI open up any settings to reduce wattage over the Intel?
The MSI is about £30 cheaper. (I'm aware that i'm unlikely to ever make that money back in power savings btw)
Next is the CPU. From what i've read most the CPUs seem to idle about the same. However i want to go with one of the T versions as its in a small case and cooling will be difficult.
? Is the added power of the i3 chips worth about £50?
It seems the 2100T comes with a smaller stock cooler. Is that also true for the 630T? That could be useful in the case i have, especially if i have any aspirations of using the HDD bracket. What is its noise like? I'm impressed by the stock cooler i got with my 1156 i3 if thats any use.
I'm sure i can rig up something regarding mounting my storage, but i'd rather not if possible.
Thanks for reading my essay, and thanks in advance for the advice!