If anyone is looking the make any IT purchases, consider this site:
Don’t get too excited; their PC’s aren’t made from recycled chipboard with plantain processors. What they do consider is minimising the total power consumption of a system. So, they make 2U storage appliances that- crammed with 24 x 500GB disks and 8GB RAM- consume less power than an equivalent 2U server with only 6 disks, and PCs that consume about 30W power on average (compared to my work PC which consumes about 80W after settling down). I can’t fit it all in here, but take a look at their site and you’ll find they take a wide variety of issues into consideration when designing PC/ server systems. If nothing else, hopefully it’ll make everyone- consumers and manufacturers alike- think a bit more about what they’re buying or designing.