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Originally Posted by Lurikrunch;14426968 
With an efficient powersupply like the PicoPSU, and an SSD, sure, a Sandy Bridge i3 will idle at around the Atom level - however, that extra power and speed comes at a price, necessitating a build around three times the cost of my Atom plan, and double my (passively cooled ASUS) E350 plan.
Again, while it might be a bit more expensive than the Atom, it's around the same price as Zacate (even cheaper when you compare it to the $175 ASUS E35M1-I). You don't need a $100+ Core i3 when a $50~70 Celeron or Pentium Sandy Bridge will work just as well. Heck, even one of my older Clarkdale builds idles at 30W (Silverstone Sugo SG-05) and that's with a regular 3.5" HDD. At idle, there's practically no difference in power consumption between regular and T- SKU's anyway.

Actually, the more care you put in PSU (and general parts) selection, the greater the difference you'll see between Atom/Zacate and Sandy Bridge power consumption. If you're just using a run of the mill 400W PSU (even if it is 80Plus certified), you would barely see any difference in power consumption between Atom/Zacate and Sandy Bridge.

Not saying the Atom is a bad choice in your situation. Just wanted to point out that your concerns regarding high power consumption with non-nettop processors is unfounded (at least with the new Pentium and Celeron SNB). Nowadays, idle power consumption of desktop CPU's have gone down enough to compete with nettop CPU's. The only reason to still opt for nettop CPU's is the slightly smaller form factor (although that might change soon given Intel's push for low-profile M-ITX), cheaper price (in the case of Atom), or native USB3 and SATA3 (in the case of Zacate).
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