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Master Geek

Topic # 23276 24-Jun-2008 13:32
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Hi, I'm attempting to build a silent machine for my bedroom to push content from my main media server. I've got hold of a picopsu 120 and used it to boot the machine. On standard settings the machine did post, but wouldnt actually boot.

I went into the bios and underclocked the cpu, which resulted in the machine being able to get into windows for a short period, but then it shut itself down. I found this page where someone talks about using a picopsu with an A7V333 board, but I see he's using a mobile chip.

My question: is it worth trying to source the mobile chip? Or am I on a road to despair?

I'm also replacing the hard drive with a compact flash card running in a CF to IDE converter - hopefully this too would reduce my power consumption?

Any help appreciated.


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  Reply # 140640 26-Jun-2008 08:37
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The A7V333 is an older Socket A board, and I'd say you are unlikely to find a mobile CPU that will fit into the socket these days.  Have a look on Ebay (US and UK) would probably be your best bet.

I believe both AMD and Intel have more current CPUs with ultra low voltage versions. They have a TDP of around 45W, but you'd be replacing almost all of your components in that case.

Have you considered a higher power PSU with a good quiet fan? Or a silent PSU?


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