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What part of Cali, BTW? I have lived in Santa Cruz and San Diego. Usage based billing occurs in both of those counties.
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You're in California so it's going to be higher than most other places. Back when I had my 2500k 480 SLI rig things would go up about $30/month when folding. I don't see why yours would go up THAT much considering what you're doing.
 
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Originally Posted by kyfire View Post

Invest $30 in one of these for your rig and see just how must juice you are using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=82-715-005

Actually have a kill a watt and used it to test right now. Here were the results.

Last test a few months ago:
Idle: ~50 watts
max load w/ overclock 60fps bf3: 480 watts
max load w/ overclock unlimited fps bf3: 702watts

Test tonight:
Idle: 153 watts
max load at stock speeds 60fps: 462 watts
max load w/ overclock 60fps: 574 watts

So my idle watts have gone up substantially which I was not aware of. The only reason for this must be the addition of the 2 antec kuhler 620s I added to my 480s. Adding 100s watts to my idle just for those though, that seems really high. Had no idea those AIO pumps would use that much power.
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That's weird cuz I run a 1700w bruiser most days, have my big server on 24-7, 67" DLP for tv, etc etc and our bill is around 140 a month on average.

I'm in socal btw.
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It is very possible. My full setup uses 420 watts when gaming. I pay a lot more than the average consumer living in Hawaii, but it is very possible depending how much you are on it, and what tasks you are doing.
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Originally Posted by MistaDowner View Post

Actually have a kill a watt and used it to test right now. Here were the results.

Last test a few months ago:
Idle: ~50 watts
max load w/ overclock 60fps bf3: 480 watts
max load w/ overclock unlimited fps bf3: 702watts

Test tonight:
Idle: 153 watts
max load at stock speeds 60fps: 462 watts
max load w/ overclock 60fps: 574 watts

So my idle watts have gone up substantially which I was not aware of. The only reason for this must be the addition of the 2 antec kuhler 620s I added to my 480s. Adding 100s watts to my idle just for those though, that seems really high. Had no idea those AIO pumps would use that much power.

Interesting numbers. I kind of want to buy one of these devices just to see my usage.
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Im in Southern California. Ventura County, about an hour from LA.
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Also, sidenote, our power rates are still inflated since San Onofre is idleing.
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Im in Southern California. Ventura County, about an hour from LA.

You have edison right? Look at the bill. It will show you the history, what your home consumed last year and the year before that. Was it really 40 a month? right now since it's cold, are you guys running the gas? It takes electricity to run the ventilation, etc. Gas bill should be spiking up good too.
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I had upto ~95€/month electricity bill, living alone back then with Crossfire setup which is a lot more efficient than those cards.
PC was turned on 24/7, barely ever had any lights or anything on, no TV.

I would say that rise in the electricity bill is completely reasonable.
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