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How much juice does ( approx ) my system draw when idle , and @100% load ?
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Idling: maybe 100W, give or take 5-15 watts. Or possibly a tiny bit more...

Under load: that depends on what's under load and what kind of load it is. However, NVIDIA recommends a power supply that has a peak capacity of 680W for a system that has one GTX 295 in it, which means that you could use a quality 550W to 650W power supply and still have enough power.

Although, I recommend a Kill A Watt, and I recommend taking whatever reading you get and multiplying it by 0.85 (for 85% efficiency) to find out how much power it's pulling from the PSU.
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Although, I recommend a Kill A Watt, and I recommend taking whatever reading you get and multiplying it by 0.85 (for 85% efficiency) to find out how much power it's pulling from the PSU.
This. Though what I do is take say 500 - 85% and it comes to 425. Same result as TwoCables but much easier to read.
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This. Though what I do is take say 500 - 85% and it comes to 425. Same result as TwoCables but much easier to read.
When I tell people to subtract 85%, some people get confused and ask me how to do that. So instead of telling people to subtract 85%, I just tell them how to do it in a way that everyone knows how to do.

I mean, I think it's easier than saying "On your calculator, type in your wattage reading, press the subtract button, enter '85', and then press the Percent symbol button".
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When I tell people to subtract 85%, some people get confused and ask me how to do that. So instead of telling people to subtract 85%, I just tell them how to do it in a way that everyone knows how to do.

I mean, I think it's easier than saying "On your calculator, type in your wattage reading, press the subtract button, enter '85', and then press the Percent symbol button".
When you put it that way.... yes you are correct. My way is still easier to read though with no dot through it.
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When you put it that way.... yes you are correct. My way is still easier to read though with no dot through it.
Easier to read or not, I don't like the idea of having to explain to somebody how to subtract a percentage. I've had to do it before, and it can be a little bit draining. Most people find it easier to understand when all they have to do is take their reading and multiply it by 0.85. Adding a 0 in front like this makes it clearer that this is "point 85".

In my experience, some people have come back and said "I got 1722.25?". So that's why I do it the way I do it now.
Edited by TwoCables - 10/16/11 at 1:53am
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Easier to read or not, I don't like the idea of having to explain to somebody how to subtract a percentage. I've had to do it before, and it can be a little bit draining. Most people find it easier to understand when all they have to do is take their reading and multiply it by 0.85. Adding a 0 in front like this makes it clearer that this is "point 85".

In my experience, some people have come back and said "I got 1722.25?". So that's why I do it the way I do it now.
I understand and that's why I put you are correct in the last post... No need to get offensive....
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I understand and that's why I put you are correct in the last post... No need to get offensive....
I'm not, but I'm just trying to show you that you will find it easier to just tell people to multiply their reading by 0.85 or whatever efficiency their PSU should be getting. If you don't and if you try to tell people to just subtract their efficiency, then they might come back and ask you how to do it. Then when you explain how to do it, then they could come back and be like "ok, but I got this really large number now." Then you'll have to explain it all over again when you could have just said "multiply the reading by 0.85".
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I'm not, but I'm just trying to show you that you will find it easier to just tell people to multiply their reading by 0.85 or whatever efficiency their PSU should be getting. If you don't and if you try to tell people to just subtract their efficiency, then they might come back and ask you how to do it. Then when you explain how to do it, then they could come back and be like "ok, but I got this really large number now." Then you'll have to explain it all over again when you could have just said "multiply the reading by 0.85".
TwoCables I love ya man but I have already said I understand and now we are both repeating ourselves over and over again.

I will say again I UNDERSTAND....

Can we please stop?
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TwoCables I love ya man but I have already said I understand and now we are both repeating ourselves over and over again.

I will say again I UNDERSTAND....

Can we please stop?
I'm not trying to be argumentative, offensive, etc. etc. I just don't want you to have to end up dealing with people who don't understand how to subtract percentages and who don't get it even if you tell them like 2-3 different ways.
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It's a computer!
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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