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[all variants] Green Linux Desktop?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I'd like to build myself a little linux box. Something to tinker and learn with, but mostly just to get on the net, watch some youtube and leave my messengers up 24-7. Basic stuff. But I don't need one of these hulking towers or re-purposed old machines that suck power and take up tons of space. What kind of hardware should I look for to get a little linux box with a lightweight power-consumption profile? Is there a particular "green" hardware vendor out there the community likes? And monitors... Well, maybe my monitor doesn't have to be THAT green. I still love 19"+ widescreen dealies... Any recommendations for low-profile, low-consumption boxes suitable to linux? And which distros do you think I should be looking at? Xubuntu, because it'll be light on hardware and resources (probably?) ? (Hardware)