I'm running an old machine as my home server + torrent downloader. It's config is,
Celeron 2.3 GHz (Socket 478 - Northwood)
Intel D845GE mobo
2*256 MB DDR RAM
PCI SATA card
Recently I've got something better which I'm considering for upgrading the box.
Core 2 Duo E7300
nForce 610i mobo
2GB DDR2 RAM
My questions are,
1. Will these newer components use lower power from the previous one? PSU calculator recommends 129w Minimum PSU Wattage for the new system vs, 143w for the old system.
2. This mobo supports overclocking via FSB but no voltage change. is it possible to underclock the processor with it? Will FSB underclocking save me some power?
3. Is it possible to run this processor fanless? How about adding an old Pentium D type large heatsink on it? Or even buying a cheap aftermarket cooler. My casing got a 120mm fan on top, near the heatsink.
Performance is not my main concern. I run this box 24/7/365. So even saving a few watt
is more important for me.
Let me know what you guys think...