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Windows 7: Need Help Choosing Hardware for a "Green" Mini Computer

10 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Need Help Choosing Hardware for a "Green" Mini Computer

Hi Seven Forums,

Last year I built my first PC running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking to build another computer. I'm looking to build a small, quite and low energy consuming computer.

I'm aware that it's small size and hopefully low power consumption that the choice of hardware, performance and speed will be constrained. I would however pay a premium for better components to get the best performance and speed to power consumption ratio.

I don't want a fan and I don't need an optical drive. I would like usb 3.0 as I have a few 3.0 externals and HDMI out but it's not esseintal

Size wise I'd be looking for that would fit into a briefcase or bag. The smaller the better. I would spend 1000 up but I don't think I'll have to (hopefully).

What would you buy if you were me?

I'm asking this here as I read this forum a lot. I would like to say I'm not dead set on usising Windows I may use Linux sorry.


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10 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Fanless (passive) heatsinks to my knowledge are pretty darn large to make up for the lack of active dissipation of heat with more surface area. I think selecting a CPU based on TDP might be a good idea for a fanless system, might not heat up as readily, given wattage tends to have a relation to heat.

But the easy part is to choose an SSD as opposed to an HDD, as there are no moving parts, plus they're faster.
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10 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I don't know how easy it'd be to duplicate this as a build-it-yourself project, but you may wish to give this a look:

Sapphire Technology Web Site

(Sapphire Edge HD3 mini PC. Tiny.) I'm not sure if it's available yet, but its selling price is supposed to be around 300. That's without an OS. It uses a 320GB spinner for its HD, so an SSD would make it more responsive while using less power.
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