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Old March 17, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Trying to figure out how much electricity my computer uses cause the bill was astronimical this month. Is there something that can record or monitor it for you?
Heres my setup
AMD 965 125w 3.4 overclocked to 3.8 1.4 volts
8 gb crucial ram *4 sticks total*
samsung spinpoint
750 w power supply
3 scythe 3000rpm fans
2 2000 rpm fans
ati 5850 be
msi 790fx
The thing is this isnt even running very long maybe 2-6 hours a night
Electricity bill went up by 60-70 dollars.
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Old March 17, 2010, 10:17 AM
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It will be using under $10 a month easy if you are only using it for a few hours a day.
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Old March 17, 2010, 10:45 AM
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as far as something to plug in- a kill-a-watt meter, or something of that manner
increased cost is probably likely due to increased heating costs
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Old March 17, 2010, 11:12 AM
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im thinking maybe 350-400 watts for the rig? maybe less. if the psu is mighty inefficient(above certain loads ;) ) then it could explain it too.

as per above, get yourself a 10-20 dollar killawatt. youll put a power bar on everything and switch it off when not needed. my tv and dvd thing consume 20-25 watts doing nothing(turned off, plugged in still)
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Old March 17, 2010, 11:14 AM
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Iíve got;
GTX280, Q9550, Coolit Elite (80W ?), 4 HDD, about 7 fans and some lights etc,
it runs about 240W idle and 400+W gaming.
Its been awhile since Iíve even looked at the watt meter, so Iím guessing a bit.

5 hrs @ 400 = 2000whrs
19 hrs @ 240 = 4560 whrs
Total 6560whrs/day (6.56kwh

@0.06 /kwh thatís 0.40 per day, or $12 a month. (hmmm, about 13% of my bill)
Anyways I leave it on just because David Suzuki told me to Flick Off. Spite!

By your parts, itíll be less than that even if you left it on 24/7 like I do.
Must be something else to be $60-70 over.
Did you switch to a new smart meter? Because thats about right then. LOL
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Old March 17, 2010, 11:44 AM
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thats what i figured maybe $10 max a month. Must be my heater or something else eating it up.
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Old March 17, 2010, 11:45 AM
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my 2nd question would that setup be able to ,on a ocz modxstream pro 700watt 80plus certified, run another xfx ati 5850 be?
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Old March 17, 2010, 12:33 PM
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If you want to know for sure --> Blueplanet EM100 at Canadian Tire, $20 :)

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