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Lowering my power consumption without affecting game performance.

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As the title says, i'm trying to lower my power consumption when not gaming. Most of my online time is spent surfing not gaming but I think my rig is always running at max. I want to keep my overclock and I don't want to manually underclock anything. If it's possible I just want to use only whats necessary when surfing and have the computer fully powered when i'm gaming. What settings do I need to change or turn on? The rig is in my sig with Win 7 Pro.
    
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120GB Corsair Force GT, 1TB Samsung F3, 500GB S... Samsung Black Blu-ray Combo H50 with Push/Pull setup using 120mm Cougars Win 7 Pro 
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I do believe your processor should have the ability for AMD's "cool n quiet" in your mobo bios. And i've tried with my own GIgabyte board WITH an overclocked 955 BE and by enabling it, throttled my cpu to full use when doing heavy tasks, and down to 800Mhz on all cores when idling or not doing anything intensive. Just be sure that after you enable it in the bios if it doesn't take effect (please use CPU-z to check, most other monitors don't show too accurate)

that you go to power options in control panel, pick a power plan or make one up.
"change Plan settings"
"change advanced power settings"
go to "processor power management"
and set the "minimum processor state" to something like 0%.

Let us know how it goes.
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