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My PC died a week ago. It wasn’t a lingering death, just a wheeze and a sigh, then nothing. I was there at the bedside. Ironically, the prime suspect is overheating caused by a climate simulation program I’d just started.

Stifling my grief, I started to consider replacement options. What better time to invest in a ‘green’ PC?. This morning brought the November (yes, really, November!) edition of Personal Computer World crashing onto my doormat, with a review of the Very PC Green PC 940 BE (snappy title). For £399, you get:

  • AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, using 45W of power, about half the industry average.
  • 1 Gb DDR2 memory
  • Onboard graphics and sound
  • Low-power 2.5 inch 100Gb hard disk
  • DVD re-writer

What you don’t get:

  • Monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, wireless networking

The ‘green-ness’ of this PC concentrates on its power consumption. I assume its other environmental impacts are no better or worse than any other machine. The power specs are impressive (just under 50W idling, 60-70W under load), but there are obvious trade-offs in terms of performance. Don’t expect 3D graphics or video editing software to be up there with the big boys. That said, as a replacement machine for uses such as home entertainment, web browsing or office applications, this is worth a look. Especially if you’re recycling monitor, keyboard etc from a recently-deceased old comrade.

More information on Very PC’s Green range


Written by Pete Smith

September 3, 2007 at 12:09 pm

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  1. Thanks for the information. I will save the website for future ref.. It’s usually my husband who does all the tech. purchasing (me being a bit of a numptie about such things) but he has a green conscience so it will influence his choices.


    September 3, 2007 at 2:15 pm

  2. > … caused by a climate simulation program I’d just started.

    That is ironic! At least you’re turning it into an opportunity.


    September 3, 2007 at 5:00 pm

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