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with your gaming builds has anyone noticed a huge jump in their power bill?
my PSU is 750w but im pretty sure i'll be using 200-400 of it...
im pretty sure i'll leave it on 24 hours a day some times.
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Some increase... but not a 'huge jump'... and one rig folds 24/7 (we're talking about less than $10 a month extra)

200W-400W isn't that much...
    
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post #3 of 8
when my house went from 1 computer - 3 computers, it was noticable, even though i put them to sleep at night

then again, some hairdryers are 2000W +

PS :you don't need to heat anymore (depending on climate) so it should still go down
    
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I run 2 rigs fiolding 24/7. One with a Q and the other with an E2180. the Q rig is also my gamer with H20 etc. I notice no difference in power bill from when I had my single core Sandy and 7600GT. It really isn't as much as you'd think. Drop the thermostat down 2 degrees or air dry your clothes once a month and that would make up for it.
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Well, some crummy PSU's can be the culprit for this.
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One thing you might want to keep in mind isn't the computer itself, but rather any sort of amplified speaker system you're using. My roommate and I use a logitech 5.1 surround sound system (built-in amplifier), the kind meant for computers (but we use it on our TV/DVD player), and for a long time when it wasn't being used, we'd leave it powered on. I noticed that the speakers had a low-level hiss (as many do), but then for a few months in a row, I noticed our power bill was, like, $30 more than usual--then I put it together. One day, after being left on all day but not being used, I felt the built-in amp--it was SO HOT!!!. Ever since then, we've been powering them off when not in use (which we don't use them often), and the power bills went back down. So it's not just the computer, but also possible high-draw peripherals too. Just something to keep in mind.
    
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Raising voltages (and overvolting my cpu), and running Prime95 and other stress/benchmark programs, definitely shot my bill up over the winter, at least 10%. Going from an Antec Truepower Trio to PC C+C Silencer seems to have lowered things a bit (but the Antec is a great PSU - it's in my e6750 rig now). Prime95, I think, is particularly responsible; it's the one we leave running for hours at super-high cpu load.

Oh, and SLI doesn't help. I mean, my electric bill. It certainly helps me.
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thanks guys.
also amplified will burn power like theres no 2morrow...

i'll have to check my system to see how much power it takes to idle. dont really max my cpu usage constantly.
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