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  • The Cost of Running Your PC

    Anandtech has an article up that looks at the real $$ cost of running your PC. Very interesting and lots of good info.

    The Cost of Running Your PC

    Pretty interesting when it takes about efficiency of a power supply and how much $$ it can save you over the long run if you use your computer more than a few hours a day.

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    Re: The Cost of Running Your PC

    That is very helpful. Helps me disprove my dad's notion that my system sucks the full 520W capable output of my PSU (it only consumes about 300W).

    My system falls between System 1 and System 2, so basing off of that my yearly cost is probably around $200. Not bad and probably lower since I only have it on for about 14 hours a day for about 5 days a week.
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      Re: The Cost of Running Your PC

      For mundane tasks, I use my AA1. My desktop is on at least 16 hours a day.

      Back in California, after I moved out of the apartment, a full month's no-Spulat electric bill came in, and it was nearly the same amount it is every month.

      So in other words, my ex has a nasty habit of leaving lights on all over the place and leaving the 36" LCD TV on for the stupid dog when out of the apartment, things I regularly shut off. All but maybe 3 of the bulbs in the apartment are CFL. Yet when I left, and took not only my 16 hour a day PC with me (at least 4 of which would be gaming so the power draw would go up quite a bit esp on the 4870), but also my 19" LCD monitor and my 24/7 DVR PC, the power bill stayed the same.

      So all in all, looks like both systems are pretty power-efficient. -And apparently, the power draw of both of these computers can be out-drawn by a television and a couple of Edison bulbs.
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        Re: The Cost of Running Your PC

        Originally posted by Spulat View Post
        and leaving the 36" LCD TV on for the stupid dog when out of the apartment, things I regularly shut off.
        Dude, The Dog's gotta catch his favorite shows..like Flavor of Love and Hannity and Combs..
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