Gee, this is a lot of new information to digest
I am glad though, you are all pitching in trying to help me! I didn't expect this much activity, so thanks again!
I'm running a 4-core Phenom II (95W TDP) w/8gb ram, 2 HDDs. Still idles no higher than ~40W AC, never above 60W AC.
You also mentioned that a low power system you used didn't perform well enough for a pleasant HD experience. Can you recall what setup you used?
If I understand correctly, from what I will be doing the HD video really is the major bottleneck as far as computing power is concerned?!
As this machine will probably run for very long hours, I'd like to keep idle power draw to a minimum and 40W compared to <20 is quite a difference. But of course it doesn't make any sense if it can't handle the video playback. If it doesn't require fans, that is an added bonus of course
Thanks again for your suggestions. When I said, I am not sure how to clarify what I want, I was not sure what kind of detail would be needed.
What I don't know is what you want with regard to price, size and noise. If you're not picky, it won't be hard at all to build your computer.
Well, I like that last sentence! I'll start with the easiest:
Size: It doesn't have to be super small like this one: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1069-page2.html
, but I would not want another Antec P183 "monster". I am not sure what size would be most beneficial or rather allow for a quiet machine without being a ridiculously expensive investment.
Noise: Right now, I am using an old laptop for everyday tasks, like writing this. I am not a big fan, no pun intended, of the noisy fans of most, especially old laptops and this one draws too much power anyway as it has a dedicated gpu. If the setup could be fanless, I'd be willing to invest a little more.
Price: I think this is the hardest one. I think my statements above are all I can really say about this. I definitely don't want a huge case, so if that'll cost me more, I am willing to pay for that. As for the noise factor, I really don't know how much of and investment a low(er) noise machine would be.
I am still not sure, if the G530 or Fusion would be the right choice. For most of the day, I'll be using the machine for office work which both of them should handle fine, the Intel one is more expensive but will be faster but also probably draw more power?
Load power consumption is not the most relevant metric for your usage. If you really wanted low load power consumption for some reason, you should pick a 32nm Atom instead. I don't believe your 19W figure by the way (the CPU running at 100% and full load are different things).
I double checked the article and it stated 12.4W idling and 17.8W under full load, after doing some undervolting. That being said, I have of course no way to verify those numbers myself just yet
So what should I be looking at rather than load power consumption?
Thanks for pointing this out and linking the articles. As most of the time I actually won't be watching movies but work on this machine, I am not sure how to interpret those results for this.
To clarify this: 60% of the time the machine is on, it'll be office/internet/music and file server for 2 other machines. 10% watching (HD) movies and 30% idling and acquiring the latest tv shows in english
I don't know who is responsible for the horrible translations of tv shows, but with some shows it is unbearable!
Well, I hope I am still making sense to a certain extend and am very thankful you are guiding me through this decision process!
I hope I was able to clarify things a little more and hope you will continue to help me!