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Was planing on the PC being about $750 so a Total MAX of $1750
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If this is a PC that only folds part of the day, you really should only be considering a GPU-only folding rig. A low power CPU, an efficient PSU, and 2 GTS450 or just one GTX460 would probably be about right.
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post #13 of 21
I don't have the link but I have seen a guy in Australia that sells a- how to build your own- solar panel, with a list of where to buy your parts.
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Subbed.

I was seriously just wondering about this myself 2 days ago. Where are you sourcing your solar power parts from?
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Even a 2600k is a good option for such low power consumption.

I tested my PC with a Watt Meter plugged to the wall, and I got this results:


4.6Ghz HT ON 1.3v CPU Bigadv Folding - 200-210W

That's with an HD6970 on iddle, x2 HDD's, SSD, white cathodes...

I'm sure you can go below 200W with my rig if we took off the HD6970.
    
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I was seriously just wondering about this myself 2 days ago. Where are you sourcing your solar power parts from?
Well I already have enough solar cells to make 1 240W panel (bought previously for a different project that was scrapped). I was going to make them into a 20a 12v panel (VxA=W) but I might go for a 10a 24v panel instead.

The cells that I have are ~1.7V each but supply a steady 1.5V and I have 160 of these cells. Each cell measures 20cmx10cm (7.9inchx3.9inch) so they will take up alot of room, but that is not a problem as I live on an 11 acre block.

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If this is a PC that only folds part of the day, you really should only be considering a GPU-only folding rig. A low power CPU, an efficient PSU, and 2 GTS450 or just one GTX460 would probably be about right.
This rig will be folding 12hours a day, or how ever long there is enough light for the panels to supply the pc.
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Even a 2600k is a good option for such low power consumption.

I tested my PC with a Watt Meter plugged to the wall, and I got this results:


4.6Ghz HT ON 1.3v CPU Bigadv Folding - 200-210W

That's with an HD6970 on iddle, x2 HDD's, SSD, white cathodes...

I'm sure you can go below 200W with my rig if we took off the HD6970.
I notice that you are from Germany. What is the power outlet voltage there? Because in Australia we have 240v outlets and if they are only 110v then your Watt reading here will be almost double Half that. Computer Wattage and Power consumption can only be measured AFTER the PSU for compairing in different countries.

This is because the computer side of the PSU is the same (3v,5v or 12v, depending on what your measuring. But the power outlet can be a different voltage in different countries.

If Germany is 110v then your reading of 210W is as follows:

W=VA
therefore A=W/V, Agreed?
Then your Amp draw is A=210/110
A=1.9

But in Australia we use 240v so 210W here is:
A=210/240
A=0.875

I believe this explains what I mean. I may have done something wrong though
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Outlet voltage is pointless when comparing wattage, other than the fact that power supplies are more efficient at 240v. For example my pc draws 500w which equates to 4.17 amps at 120v. If I connected the same pc to a 240v outlet it would still draw 500w, but only at 2.08 amps.
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Depending on the power supply and how willing you are to void its warranty, it may be possible so skip the inverter completely and just wire the 12V output of the solar panels through some deep cycle batteries and straight into the PSU. It'd take some creative re-working of the power supply's guts, but it'd be more energy efficient.
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I notice that you are from Germany. What is the power outlet voltage there? Because in Australia we have 240v outlets and if they are only 110v then your Watt reading here will be almost double Half that. Computer Wattage and Power consumption can only be measured AFTER the PSU for compairing in different countries.

This is because the computer side of the PSU is the same (3v,5v or 12v, depending on what your measuring. But the power outlet can be a different voltage in different countries.

If Germany is 110v then your reading of 210W is as follows:

W=VA
therefore A=W/V, Agreed?
Then your Amp draw is A=210/110
A=1.9

But in Australia we use 240v so 210W here is:
A=210/240
A=0.875

I believe this explains what I mean. I may have done something wrong though

We have 220v-240v in Europe, just like you guys in Australia
    
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