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I recently converted a HP media center PC I had laying around into a home server. I used WHS "Vail", for OS. It has an old Amberline board, AMD 3500 single core, 2 gigs of ram, 400 watt power supply, & 2 - 2TB 5400 rpm drives. I was wondering how much power I was using running 24-7, with this rig. I was thinking about updating PS, MB, processor & ram to something low power. However, I just bought a Gig-a-watt meter, & was pleasantly suprised to see I am only pulling 45-52 watts at idle. So, bout $3 a month in power, not too bad. I do see the system throttles down to & directly affects the wattage being used, at peak I saw the meter jump into the 90's briefly, but then falls back to 52 quickly.

Any others out there using a low power home server?
How many watts at idle?

Edit: Correction power supply is a 450 Watt.
Edited by Cvalley75 - 6/10/10 at 3:48pm
    
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yeah 52 watts at idle seems right to me. I'm assuming it on 24/7, about 4 dollars a month here in NJ. Seems perfect to me. Anything you'd spend on new parts would be way over the power savings. it'd probably take you 5 years to make up the difference in power savings from buying new parts.
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What PSU? A Corsair 400CX is only $20 shipped + AR at Newegg. Depending on your current PSU, it might save you 3-8w. More importantly, it might be better for the long run in stability and reliability.
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It might save him that, but if we're talking about saving energy, and money, buying another PSU is counterproductive.
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It might save him that, but if we're talking about saving energy, and money, buying another PSU is counterproductive.
Is it? One would have to do a complete cost-benefit analysis to be sure. And like Duckie said, it depends on the current PSU.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817101030

This is the power supply i put in bout 2 years ago, replaced the original HP when I added a 8600GT. It had good reviews on the egg, & seems to be working good, not a member of the elite brand PSU's but it has been stable so far. It has a single 28 amp 12v rail, I was thinking of possibly getting the 380W green Antec, I have heard some good things about the wattage it uses, I might just watch till it goes on sale on the egg & see what it does on this rig. A spare power supply around isn't a bad thing either.

Thanks for the feedback guys, reps for all.
    
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