Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo
I'm still trying to decide what to do with a 965 BE build. I don't think it's ever been used for anything other than internet and some super light games (it was my daughter's computer around 8 years ago). It's a dinosaur as far as performance, and it's too power hungry to use in a media center/server situation, plus it's on a full size board. I hate to throw it out, but I honestly can't think of a single use for it.
965 BE is a fun overclocker.
At 4GHz + CPU/NB overclocking + 1600MHz it still has some useful performance.
Mine was hitting 4.6GHz+ on ice watercooling during benchmarking.
Can reliably run at 4.4-4.5GHz under normal watercooling.
Thuban is a better choice as 6 cores allow for smooth multitasking.
I have a 1045T which was running at 4.05GHz 24/7 (50% OC).
Maybe I will put the Thuban back to service as a backup rig, I happen to have a spare HD7950.
It's also more efficient than my old HP server running 2xE5420.
Well, you can make it more efficient though.
Undervolt and/or underclock.
On Windows K10Stat allows custom P-states so it can be made more efficient on all loads.
Personally I 24/7 run Athlon II X2 250 on just a single core and underclocked&undervolted.
May not be as energy efficient as some newer intel but it does the job.
ROI of some new, more power efficient platform would be far too long.
It's just not worth it.
It's a thing to consider when talking about "PC beeing too power hungry".
I would just run the 965 rig until something dies.