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Old August 6, 2010, 07:02 AM
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Well i do have a higher end gigabit router so there hopefully has that feature in it. All i really want is the computer to be able to use both connections so that if more then one person is using the computer the transfer speeds dont tank that much.

IE, 2 users copying stuff over, both get max speeds as each should be going through one nic rather then two through one nic
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Old August 20, 2010, 02:57 PM
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Alright folks i am going to try to make this an evening lower consumption htpc/server. This thing is going to be running 24/7 though it may not always see active use and i wanted to try to make this as lower power as possible.

1) Thinking of removing the HD3650 and sticking with the HD4200 as it should use less power as the hd4200 is onboard
2) Changing from 2 x 1 GB ram sticks to 1 x 2GB ram stick as 2 sticks of ram should theoretically be using more power then 1 stick.
3) Turning off indexing and superfetch to cut down on idle usage when the system is idling
4) Downclock the processor as it is only being used as an htpc and server, nothing graphically intense
5) Create a positive pressure inside the case using the two case fans and covering up the back opening holes to force the air to come out the hole where the rad is, removing the external fan pulling air off of the rad. Currently the rad runs cool to the touch idle or even load.
6) Disable System Restore

Will any/all these ideas work, i miss anything else. I know this will add some power consumption though i may eventually add a fourth storage hard drive though this one will most likely be a HD green 2.0 TB hdd.
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Old August 20, 2010, 03:14 PM
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have you already tried down"volting" the proc rather than downclocking it?
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Old August 20, 2010, 03:44 PM
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I plan on trying that first of course, i consider that part of downclocking the processor
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Old September 24, 2010, 11:40 AM
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Thought i'd update this to let you know what i've accomplished so far

1) Removed the HD 3650 and installed it into my girlfriend's computer to replace her x1900 all in wonder
2) Misplaced my 1 x 2GB stick, so will try running just 1 stick and see if voltage differences are noticable
3) Turned them both off
4) Haven't tried this yet as i dont know how long it'll take the computer to unrar 720p movies at default speeds
5) Not happening, reinstalled the rad fan though it ran under 40C whenever loaded prior to me going to be using it to unrar movies
6) Turned it off

So far i've cut down just a couple of watts during idle, going to see if 1 ram stick will cause it to run even lower wattage
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