Originally Posted by Evil262
Your best bet is probably one of the low power Phenom II's.
The 910e fits perfectly. Its a 65w quad core processor, with a clock speed of 2.6ghz. Has all the features of the higher end Phenom II's such as the large cache, but in a low power package. They are awesome little chips for situations just like this
The 905e would also be good, as it is the same chip, just clocked 100mhz slower. Finally, if you want to save some cash there is the Phenom II x3 705e which is as the name suggests a 65w triple core running at 2.5Ghz.
All of these chips are 65w, and anything else in the AMD lineup less than this is a dual core, so these are probably your best bet! Run cool, don't use any power, but still plenty powerful.
ok, i think i've put a list together (in order of desire) so here we go:
(requirements for me are: more than 2 core, higher than 2GHz, 65W or less)
Phenom II x4
AMD 910e quad core 2600 65W
AMD 905e quad core 2500 65W
AMD 900e quad core 2400 65W
AMD 9450e quad core 2100 65W
AMD 9350e quad core 2000 65W
Phenom II x3
AMD 705e triple core 2500 65W
AMD 700e triple core 2400 65W
AMD 8450e triple core 2100 65W
Any processors that i missed? (again, haven't owned an AMD CPU since the first Athlon's came out, so my knowledge of them is a bit low) i'll be scouring the OCN Marketplace looking for a second hand one shortly, and some DDR2 to go with it too.