Originally Posted by assassin
Lower power consumption, More powerful CPU.
Probably not worth spending a lot to save a little. Both are capable.
My thought process is leaning towards utilizing the Athlon X2 gear I have, and then upgrade to Ivy gear maybe by summer. By then I should be able to drop a few more dollars on updated gear without second guessing it.
My concern is the Athlon X2 not being powerful enough. If the Athlon X2 and GT 430 is a pretty powerful combo to use for a HTPC then I'll go that route. That way I don't have to dip into my house savings too much for the time being. :P
As far as lower power consumption, I'm sure it'll balance out to mere dollars per year. I did a power survey at my last job, and came to the conclusion that our older Pentium 4 systems (the most power hungry ones we have) cost about 510 dollars a year to power 30 of them in a lab (school district) for 7 hours a day, 181 days a year. That breaks down to 16-17 dollars per system per year. Now, compare that to Atom systems and it's more like 2 dollars a year for each box. If you have 2,000 systems like we did, it holds more water, but one single HTPC sucking up some extra watts isn't something I'm going to sneeze at.
For what it's worth (if memory serves me) the idea was to buy Atom boxes to use as thin clients with an Ubuntu LTSP setup to replace all of the P4 boxes. By upgrading our systems with Asus Atom boxes @ 200 dollars per seat to use as thin clients (PLENTY powerful enough to use as a thin client) we would have to use them for 11 years in order for their expenses to balance out with electricity savings.
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