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Old 11-28-2010, 05:14 AM
Lindsay Mathieson
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both love the
small footprint, low power consumption and *quietness*

I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long KDE trunk
builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...

Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels underpowered,
a Atom isn't going to cut it.

Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the look of
the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem to use
ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.

Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and AM3 Mobo and add a
Nvidia Video Card
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:49 AM
azlan mazlan
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

amd phenom II + asus amd mobo + ati hd 5870 would be nice..


On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 2:14 PM, Lindsay Mathieson <lindsay.mathieson@gmail.com> wrote:

I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both love the

small footprint, low power consumption and *quietness*



I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long KDE trunk

builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...



Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels underpowered,

a Atom isn't going to cut it.



Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the look of

the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem to use

ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.



Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and *AM3 Mobo and add a

Nvidia Video Card

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Old 12-01-2010, 03:05 PM
Brian Wootton
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

On 01/12/10 04:10, kubuntu-users-request@lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both love the
> small footprint, low power consumption and*quietness*
>
> I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long KDE trunk
> builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...
>
> Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels underpowered,
> a Atom isn't going to cut it.
>
> Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the look of
> the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem to use
> ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.
>
> Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and AM3 Mobo and add a
> Nvidia Video Card
>
Have a look at Asus, I know they do motherboards with 'on-board' nVidia
graphics chipsets, I know they do a potent laptop with a long battery
life. My DIY Asus motherboard is a 64bit AMD with on-board graphics/
audio/ethernet by NVIDIA but what Asus do in the low power area I
haven't looked at. Look at < http://usa.asus.com/>
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:24 PM
Bruce Marshall
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

On Wednesday, December 01, 2010, Brian Wootton wrote:

> > Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and**AM3 Mobo and add a

> > Nvidia Video Card

> >

> >****

>

> Have a look at Asus, I know they do motherboards with 'on-board' nVidia

> graphics chipsets, I know they do a potent laptop with a long battery

> life. My DIY Asus motherboard is a 64bit AMD with on-board graphics/

> audio/ethernet by NVIDIA but what Asus do in the low power area I

> haven't looked at. Look at < http://usa.asus.com/>

> brian





Take a look at this site....



http://www.polywell.com/us/products/storage.asp



They build lots of small computers (I have two of the fanless ones but nothing that powerful).



They have a page listing all of their combinations... you might get some ideas as to what to put together.


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Old 12-01-2010, 05:01 PM
Mark Greenwood
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

On Wednesday 01 Dec 2010 16:05:11 Brian Wootton wrote:
> On 01/12/10 04:10, kubuntu-users-request@lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> > I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both love the
> > small footprint, low power consumption and*quietness*
> >
> > I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long KDE trunk
> > builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...

From my (albeit limited) experience, the hard disk speed has as much of a bearing on the time taken to do large software builds as the CPU speed does. Yes, an Atom would probably be slow, but an Atom with a decent SATA disk attached (ie not a laptop drive) would probably do quite well. My 2Ghz Core II Duo desktop with a really fast SATA drive builds things noticeably faster than my 2.2GHz Core i5 laptop (4 cores as opposed to 2) with its slower speed laptop SATA drive.

Mark

> >
> > Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels underpowered,
> > a Atom isn't going to cut it.
> >
> > Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the look of
> > the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem to use
> > ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.
> >
> > Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and AM3 Mobo and add a
> > Nvidia Video Card
> >
> Have a look at Asus, I know they do motherboards with 'on-board' nVidia
> graphics chipsets, I know they do a potent laptop with a long battery
> life. My DIY Asus motherboard is a 64bit AMD with on-board graphics/
> audio/ethernet by NVIDIA but what Asus do in the low power area I
> haven't looked at. Look at < http://usa.asus.com/>
> brian
>
>

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Old 12-02-2010, 01:56 AM
uriah heep
 
Default OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM, Mark Greenwood <captain_bodge@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

On Wednesday 01 Dec 2010 16:05:11 Brian Wootton wrote:

> On 01/12/10 04:10, kubuntu-users-request@lists.ubuntu.com wrote:

> > I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both love the

> > small footprint, low power consumption and*quietness*

> >

> > I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long KDE trunk

> > builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...



From my (albeit limited) experience, the hard disk speed has as much of a bearing on the time taken to do large software builds as the CPU speed does. Yes, an Atom would probably be slow, but an Atom with a decent SATA disk attached (ie not a laptop drive) would probably do quite well. My 2Ghz Core II Duo desktop with a really fast SATA drive builds things noticeably faster than my 2.2GHz Core i5 laptop (4 cores as opposed to 2) with its slower speed laptop SATA drive.




Mark



> >

> > Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels underpowered,

> > a Atom isn't going to cut it.

> >

> > Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the look of

> > the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem to use

> > ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.

> >

> > Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and *AM3 Mobo and add a

> > Nvidia Video Card

> >

> Have a look at Asus, I know they do motherboards with 'on-board' nVidia

> graphics chipsets, I know they do a potent laptop with a long battery

> life. My DIY Asus ma otherboard is a 64bit AMD with on-board graphics/

> audio/ethernet by NVIDIA but what Asus do in the low power area I

> haven't looked at. Look at < http://usa.asus.com/>

> brian

>

>



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Solid state drives on sata 2 boards can do very fast and quiet reads (writes are another matter) but you have to balance that with a cpu that can benefit from it,* I bought a 300 gig western digital 10000 rpm disk to go with a 3 gig Intel quade core and did not see a significant increase in performance over a standard WD 500* gig 7200, If compared to a 5400 laptop hd the story would be different,


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