Ars Technica hat sich mal die üblichen PC-Komponenten angeschaut und gibt Tipps, wie man am ehesten dem Ideal eines „grünen PCs“ nahe kommen kann: Ars System Guide special: it’s easy being green.
Keep in mind that $700, $1,400, or more to build a green system will pay for a lot of electricity, and you’ll end up with a very modest system. The best part is the very minimal power use, although an Asus Eee PC or a low-end Core 2 Duo T5270-based laptop probably does just as well on power consumption—even moreso when the monitor is taken into account.
Beyond that, it’s hard to say. If you already have an Athlon 64, late-model Celeron D or any sort of Core 2 Duo/Pentium Dual-core processor right as your primary system, your best bet is to make sure you have a decent power supply in it, maybe make sure it has a thrifty LCD attached, and set it to spin down the hard drive when the system is idle. The near future looks very interesting in the extremely green, low-power area. VIA’s upcoming Isaiah architecture and Intel’s Silverthorne, combined with even faster (and hopefully lower-cost) SSDs make for a very attractive future for green computing efforts.