Again, read the post, a different system with different components uses different power. Your link is to just the CPU, not the entire systems draw. I never said the CPU idles at 160w or loads at 300W. Mine are probably off as well, but I state what assumpions they are on given The system provided, not up in the air 'common sense'.
@OP Those florida power rates are crazy cheap. If you split the $100 allowance, $50 = 828.43 kWh of electricty used by you. (to be fair this assumes your roommate only gets to use the top rated power, and gets $50 = 490kWh haha).
The total kWh for $100 at your rates is 1318.63 kWh which is a lot really.
Even if you used your system at 100% for 12 hours a day (300W * 12 * 30 = 108kWH) you'd still have 1210kWh to burn on heating and making toast leaving the lights on and whatever.
EDIT: Just a fun side note, if you picked up something like this
both your idle and load power draws will drop dramatically (~124W at idle, ~245 load). Wont be a huge power bill savings, but you could use upwards of 15-20% less electricity computerwise from that alone.Edited by ocpokey - 3/25/11 at 7:05pm