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well my brother is getting slighty annoyed at the fact our eletric bill is around £100 a month,and my pc is taking most of the wrap for it* ,so i need to find a way to stop this..
(*alot with a chest freezer lol)

i'm sure someone asked this before but i found nothing,is there any means beside cool'n'quiet and power management (in control panel) to stop my pc using so much power? or does any company make a psu to help with this?

(i know someone will dare to come in with the answer"just don't use it so much" ,but when i'm not using it ,it's still downloading and stuff,so thast not really helpful to me )

and i'm not sure where this thread should have gone maybe power supplies?
but i'm not sure so i stuck it here,feel free to move
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post #2 of 18
Urgh - I feel for you. My dad seems to think that because my PC has a 420watt PSU. It uses ALL 420watts ALL of the time. ¬_¬
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post #3 of 18
take off your overclock....and see how low you can get the voltage to keep it stable at stock...that'll help....and turn down the fan speed as well....
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post #4 of 18
oh, one other thing....put your monitor in power savng...CRTs suck up TONNES of juice. If you're really serious...get an LCD. They are much more efficient (especially in their power saving mode)

Turn off your monitor when you're not using it. I know I said put it in power saving...but that's for when you forget to turn it off. CRTs still use a lot of power in power saving mode.
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post #5 of 18
turning your fans down, wont help. Not unless you have a million of them. lol. A single fan uses 0.5 watts. Setting it up so your monitor goes off after a couple minutes and turning your HDD's off after 30 minutes. Things like that help.
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jester
turning your fans down, wont help. Not unless you have a million of them. lol. A single fan uses 0.5 watts. Setting it up so your monitor goes off after a couple minutes and turning your HDD's off after 30 minutes. Things like that help.

every bit helps. and most fans use more than 0.5 watts....point is..energy adds up.
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post #7 of 18
You might want to look into something like this. I'm not too familiar with British power outlets but I assume you can convert it easily or find a Brit-native version somewhere...

Unless power is really expensive over there, I couldn't see a single pc eating up 50 pounds a week...just doesn't *sound* right lol
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post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by ouroboros1827
You might want to look into something like this. I'm not too familiar with British power outlets but I assume you can convert it easily or find a Brit-native version somewhere...

Unless power is really expensive over there, I couldn't see a single pc eating up 50 pounds a week...just doesn't *sound* right lol
not a bad idea looking into that, cheers for ya input guys

i had thought about completely doing away with all fans but the heatsink/vga and just run completely stock,but i pretty sure my pc isn't eating up 100gbp on its own and considering we have

3x fridges (yer we like to drink 2 for drink 1 for food)
1x freezer
1x washing machine 1x dishwasher (not on constantly though)
1x tv 1x dvd player 1x cable box
something is telling me my pc isn't the only thing in this problem

sideburns might be on to something with my crt,i remember when i brother had this thing the bill went up,and when i used it for another pc (different house) the bill went up,ummm

i'll try and stay off the pc for few weeks and see what happens i guess
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post #9 of 18
To enable cool'n'quiet, first go into your bios and set the cpu voltage and multiplyer to default. Then download the driver, and install it. Then go to control panel and set the power profile to minimal power management. Finally check in CPU z to make sure the voltage and clock speed went way down.

Also seasonic makes some of the most efficient PSU's available.
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post #10 of 18
The Frig/freezer, telly and CRT are known energy hogs, along with electric dryers and stoves.
Do set the CRT to sleep mode even though your PC is not the source of massive electricity bills, it does contribute.
    
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