Originally Posted by dragosmp
This thread is about the power consumed by each component in a PC.
I like this idea. Are you concerned about heat at all? I mean, from the CPU? You *might* be able to make use of an older dell case (because I think they have decently-designed cases as far as airflow goes)--to have a passively-cooled CPU HSF, relying on ducting and airflow generated by a single exhaust fan? Getting rid of a fan might allow you to go with a more powerful component somewhere else (though it's not like a fan consumes that much power in the first place). Might cause other temps to increase though, with less overall case airflow...
Just an idea.
Also, you could go with an AMD Turion X2 cpu instead of a regular desktop CPU--I don't know how the power consumptions vary exactly, but I'd think the notebook CPU would consume less power (and put off less heat as well)--and aren't they the same socket? might require a bios update though...). I guess some elaborate heat-pipe network would not be a bad idea to cool the CPU and not sacrifice overall case airflow (as done in notebooks), but that would be quite complicated, and perhaps somewhat defeat the purpose of your idea.
All in all, this is interesting! Definitely sub'd!