Re: ASRock E350M1 Mini-ITX Dual Core Motherboard With Antec ISK-100 Micro-ATX Case
At most the build uses 30 - 40 watts running on full load so that's less than the average light bulb even if you plug in two 1TB hard drives.
A phenom 2x4 965BE eats 100watts holding the OS up (an expensive light bulb)
Start rendering video and we're chewing nearer 200watts @ 3.4GHZ
Overclock it to 3.8 and you can add at least 50watts to that.
Downclock it to 2.6 and you'll use a little less, but it's still a 90watt TDP and lets face it it's slower and cheaper than an I7
Energy bills are important when you have to pay them.
The consensus is that it's cheaper for a phenom 2 chewing 200 watts for a 5 minute render than a E-350 to do the same task over 25 minutes.
An E-350 build will never get close to even 100watts so you estimate the maximum possible power usage of the potential build on full load and then add a bit for future upgrades so that's how I arrived at finding a 90watt ps for the E-350 build.
Last edited by Sef; April 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 AM.
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Problem solved? I probably just searched the web for it.