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    Performane difference in computing power?

    Im looking to downsize my PC as i never really play many games on it any more.
    I was looking at possibly an Atom based PC.

    What difference in performance would i likely see going from:

    C2D E6300 @ 1.8Ghz
    2gb ram
    x1900xt

    to:

    Dual Core Atom processor
    2gb Ram (maybe 4)

    Looking to move down in both size and power usage!

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    just multi tasking might take a dive. why dont you just keep your current pc... by the time you sell it and buy the nettop you would have lost any gains you will make up on energy savings

    just get a new case for your current setup?

    Ask the same question at SilentPCReview on their forums and you’ll get some serious answers.
    It’s possible to build a small form factor PC that is more powerful than your current system excluding graphics and also much more power efficient.
    There are plenty of choices as it’s an area of growing interest but I suggest going to a forum for specialist advice as you’ll get more informed replies.

    The E6300 is a first generation Core 2 Duo and the newer 45nm versions combined with appropriate components will allow you to build a system that is twice as power efficient which enables it to be used in a small case.

    Huge performance difference, the atom is a slow CPU, it will typically be less than half as fast as the Core 2 in both single and multi-threaded tasks; I'd keep your current CPU/RAM but consider a new GPU - or possibly a new motherboard with on-board graphics. You could underclock the CPU and potentially save a few watts, also getting a high-efficiency PSU will help.

    While from a pure cash point of view staying with what you have is probably the best option.

    I will however defend the Atom. I got a Acer revo R3610 (linux) when it was £155 a few months ago. Have thrown in another 1GB (only had 1GB), windows 7 and have it overclocked a little to 1.77Ghz. Mainly use it for films but runs pretty much everything I use.

    Ebuyer (172706) have the 2GB, 250GB windows 7 version for £240 you get the wireless keyboard with it too.

    Original Poster

    I wouldn't be picking up a nettop, i would be constructing my own system.

    My current system is a midi tower, loud and draws more power than i need (as i dont play games now), i was looking at a downsize in size as well as sound and to something i could keep on all the time possibly, i would also be cannabalising parts from it.

    I would be looking for something in the really smallform factor size (we have an Asrock Ion 330 in the house and i like the siz, so obv Mini ITX.

    I very occasionally use photoshop and encode dvds into H.264. everything else is just browsing the net, using office and music.

    Jetpac;7542281

    I wouldn't be picking up a nettop, i would be constructing my own … I wouldn't be picking up a nettop, i would be constructing my own system.My current system is a midi tower, loud and draws more power than i need (as i dont play games now), i was looking at a downsize in size as well as sound and to something i could keep on all the time possibly, i would also be cannabalising parts from it.I would be looking for something in the really smallform factor size (we have an Asrock Ion 330 in the house and i like the siz, so obv Mini ITX.I very occasionally use photoshop and encode dvds into H.264. everything else is just browsing the net, using office and music.



    Well if you have a Asrock ion 330 then your best place to compare the two platforms. Just do some side by side tests.
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