Do i use this much power?(money/year if on 24/7)

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RobinHoodxBlade
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im trying to calculate how much money my computer would cost me
if i left it on 24/7. i use this site to get a rough estimate:

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2005/10/the-cost-of-leaving-your-pc-on.html

but the issue is i used 600 watts and i want to know if my power supply is 600 watts
am i using the full 600 watts? or is it lower if the computer does not need it?

e.x if i had enough components to just get the computer running(graphic cpu mobo ram etc)
and i put a 600 watt PSU in it will it cost the same as putting the max amount of components in?
(more ram, better cpu, more graphics, more drives, etc)
(OC i know that it wont support unlimited # of components on a 600 PSU)

thanks for all the help that this site has and would give me.

p.s i calculated $750(USD) a year based on the kw/hour price from that site(being that idk mine)

spawnkiller
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a 600watt PSU depending if it's rated at continous or peak could reach 7-800 watt (max) at the wall but only at 100% use, so depending on your config that will change the numbers... at idle most PC use about 50 to 200watts (1 video card, 1 quad core non overclocked) but with 4 sli or extreme overclocking on an old cpu (old stuff use more power) could easily reach the max outputs for a standard 15A wall outlet (my 1000w psu comes with the instruction to plug it to a min 20A fused outlets as at full load (1200+ watts) it could use more than 15A with the screen, speakers, etc. pluged-in the same outlet...

However new stuff like old core 2 to newer Ivy bridge could clock down and reduce the power consumption (if you leave theses options enabled as overclockers like me don't use it and run full voltage and speed all the times...) and use about 25 to 100 watt in theses low power states.

Also it depends on the efficiency of your PSU as lower efficacity is tranduce by more watts pulled from the plug for the same usage scenario...

In clear: It all depends on your config. Higher end stuff use more power but if you don't have a dedicated video card, i'd see some ITX build with IGPU running as low as 20 watts... Also it depends on how much HDD, SSD, cathode/leds, optical drives and all other stuff you run with this PSU...

PS: my rig idle at 62 watt when non overclocked but overclocked it idles at 102 watts and full load at 328 watts (dual 560 overclocked + I7 3770k 1.35V vcore + PLL and IMC overvoltage + 4 ram sticks at 1.6V and a 1000w 80+ Gold certified PSU, 2SSD and 1 HDD) i'm at average 200 watts 24/7 maybe 8 to 14 hours used by days depending on how much person is here and the rest of the time at idle (i hate boot time and i have an encrypted 256bits AES partition with a 96 character password lenght so it's just rebooted when needed or when the power shut off !!!)

My Q6600 at 4.05ghz was power hungry with the 2 same 560 was idling at about 200w and full load at 400+ watts as all power saving feature we're disabled and i was running extreme voltage on that chip (1.65V Vcore 1.5V PLL and .997V reference with 4 dimm of DDR2 ram @ 2.7V (stock is 1.8) plus 1.6V for the Northbridge (stock 1.1V) and i had 6 HDD, 2 optical drives, 5 cathodes and a bunch of goodies plus a lot of USB devices (yes they use power too) and i had a 80+ not even bronze certified as 80+ was the newer stuff in that time (2005-2006)

PS2: All power measurement is at the wall socket not internal so it's the power that i really use...

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RobinHoodxBlade
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ok so from what i understand your OCed rig is way more powerful then mine and if thats so i should be using alot less then i thought at first(instead of 750 a year it is probably 200) so thanks for all the info and all the great examples. without those examples i would be lost right now :D.

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Haha no problem, glad that helped you ;)