So I won this processor from a CS:S LAN event and figured I'd build a HTPC out of it. After doing a bit more research I find that this CPU is mostly used for power saving at only 30 TDP. I also read that the onboard GPU is disabled. Can I use this CPU to make a decent HTPC? If not what can I build using it?
That is meant to go in to servers as energy costs are relevant in that market. But never the less, you should be able to use this as a fine HTPC CPU. Note that unlike the i3, this CPU has Turbo.
At that TDP, you could get a good heatsink and a VERY slow/quiet fan like a Gentle Typhoon to cool it. You may also be able to passively cool it using a big heatsink,etc. I know in most of these 1U servers these CPUs are passively cooled.
Note: Although the CPU it self doesn't have a fan, the rack itself has fans.