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What kind of CPU power can I use with this case? - Mini-ITX emulator build

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I want to build an emulator PC in this case in the next month or two. I'll only be needing to a power a CPU and 1-2 hard drives (1 SSD, 1 2.5" HDD) and maybe 1 fan. What's the best CPU that I can use in this build considering the case only comes with a 90W PSU? I know some people have modded these things to allow for higher powered PSU's but I'd rather not have to do any major modding.

I was thinking an i3-3225 since it's only 55W and comes with the HD4000 graphics but I'm open to suggestions.
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you can use pretty much any cpu that has a supporting ITX motherboard. The problem is you're not gunna fit a video card in that thing, so what's the point of a high end i7 with no GPU? lol. I'd go for an i3 in that case as an HTPC or general web surfing/guest computer smile.gif

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I didn't even notice it has a proprietary PSU but yeah I'd go for a low watt i3 or i5 in that thing. You can't fit much in it lol
Edited by WhiteZetsu - 3/29/13 at 6:09pm
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you can use pretty much any cpu that has a supporting ITX motherboard. The problem is you're not gunna fit a video card in that thing, so what's the point of a high end i7 with no GPU? lol. I'd go for an i3 in that case as an HTPC or general web surfing/guest computer smile.gif

Edit:

I didn't even notice it has a proprietary PSU but yeah I'd go for a low watt i3 or i5 in that thing. You can't fit much in it lol

It's going to be a dedicated Emulator PC so I don't need any add-on video as emulation is all handled by the CPU. I'm wondering if I got an i5 and undervolt it slightly if that would work with the 90watt PSU adapter.
post #4 of 11
The i5 3350S is a 65W CPU, that may be an option. Would help with things like Dolphin and PCSX2. If you aren't trying to emulate PS2/GC/Wii, the i3 would be just fine. Either way, that's cutting it real close with a 90W PSU.
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The i5 3350S is a 65W CPU, that may be an option. Would help with things like Dolphin and PCSX2. If you aren't trying to emulate PS2/GC/Wii, the i3 would be just fine. Either way, that's cutting it real close with a 90W PSU.

I've seen people post on Youtube videos of them playing GC/Wii and PS2 games on an i3-3220 and it looked pretty good so I'm still considering just picking up the 3225 (HD4000 should help a bit over the HD2500) for $119 at MC and if it doesn't fit my needs I can just return/exchange it.

How much power would 1 SSD, 1 HDD, and 1 fan require?
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You could use a full i7 ivy with a 90w. They really don't use tons of power. Just make sure the 12v rail on the power supply is sufficient.
     
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You could use a full i7 ivy with a 90w. They really don't use tons of power. Just make sure the 12v rail on the power supply is sufficient.

Definitely don't need an i7 for an emulator PC but it's good to know I could pull it off if need be smile.gif.
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The i5 3350S is a 65W CPU, ... that's cutting it real close with a 90W PSU.

TDP is not actual power draw. As armorcore9brker says, even the i7-3770K doesn't reach its 77W rating at stock clocks. Those -S and -T chips are much more efficient. Unfortunately it's difficult to find any independent data which show real power consumption, because most reviewers just test the full system draw and measure at the wall, rather than the internal output of the psu. There was a test showing i5-3570K using only 52W, but I can't find it now. They also tried undervolting it and got something like 45W at same clocks.
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Unless you are purposely torture testing it by loading both the CPU and the IGP to 100%, the PSU should be able to power an Ivy Bridge quad. I've even heard of people using Sandy Bridge quads in that case. Only issue I've heard of was someone putting an AMD APU in there.

Then again, an i3-3225 would probably run most emulators fine, so may as well save the money, since MC raised their pricing on the 3570K from $169 to $189 and dropped the motherboard combo discount to $40 from $50.
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I say go with the i3, enough power for emulation and the onboard iGPU is impressive. Not to mention the power hold back you have.
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