Regardless of what your water cooling setup is or is not adding to your rig, your computer definitely uses far more power than your refrigerator does without any question, unless you turn off your computer most of the day and leave your fridge door open a lot out of spite.
If your dad has a new energy saving refrigerator as it seems like he does by his boasting, it can use as low as 425kWh / year (500kWh - 525 if it's some older energy star).
Assume you game 3 hours a day on a relatively decent computer (since you are WCing it, no idea what you're actually using) 4 days a week. Can use upwards of 400Watts, or 250kWh / yr.
If you leave your computer on and idle/web-surfing for 9 more hours in the day assuming you use say 150Watts that's 490kWh/yr.
So this is a computer running a modest amount of gaming, only on half the day using > 700kWh/yr, vs. a fridge on 24/7 using < 550kWh / yr. The WC setup is probably hurting you most in your idle numbers as running the pumps and whatnot will be drawing 20+ extra watts on your system.
Originally Posted by Spooony;13549261
how many times do we open the doors a day now again? I take it you have never live in a place that hits over 30 at night? One day take your fridge to a place called Johannesburg around December. Then test your theory out.
A fridges motor kicks in when the temps reach a certain degrees. Now it will reach that degree quicker when theres less items in it coz the items help with keeping the temps down inside. Thats why they say keep it full by placing waterbottles or buckets inside.
That is all apocrpyhal in source. Who is 'they' that says keeping it full keeps it cooler?
Modern refrigerators are highly insulated, so empty or full makes no difference when the door is closed. If the door is opened you lose the cold air, but air doesn't take that much energy to cool down, so it might use somewhat more energy, but not a huge amount.