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Making a compact low power PC

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by ZeppMan217, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ZeppMan217

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    Hello everyone. I was thinking about replacing my gaming rig with something a bit more power and space efficient. Sort of a HTPC/Office rig.

    After some thinking I came up with this:
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    [B]Case[/B]: [URL="http://amzn.com/B0064LWISQ"]Antec ISK110-VESA[/URL]
    [B]MB[/B]: [URL="http://amzn.com/B007RQ0LQI"]ASRock H77M-ITX[/URL]   
    [B]CPU[/B]: [URL="http://amzn.com/B0093H8JCM"]Intel Core i3-3220T[/URL]
    Now, I was already finishing my order when I found out that AMD are rolling out their new power efficient A-series processors this year. So, I'm curious - is it worth waiting for those 35W=< desktop APUs or should I just stick with what I picked? Maybe my build needs some improvements?
  2. terrastrife New Member

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    Buy an intel NUC, job done.
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    His build has the advantage that the i3-3220T is far faster (2.8Ghz vs 1.7GHz), the Antec ISK has space for two real 2.5" HDDs, and he can always upgrade to a 65w i5 or i7 should the need arise.
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    Except that a NUC fulfils the two requirements that the OP wants better.
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    Compared to nearly any gaming system, the Antec ISK is very small--I've used one. And the 3220T is still a very low-power CPU--yes, not quite the 17w of the i3U, but still again a big improvement from a traditional gaming CPU.
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    Just depends how power efficient and small the OP wants to go really.
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    Well, I want a reasonably small and power efficient system. Suppose I should've mentioned that I want it to be fully customizable as well.

    So, in brief, screw AMD, go for Intel?
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    Are they avaliable yet? Where?
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    At least in the US, at Newegg:)
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