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    Default How much electricity do you think my desktop consumes?

    I asked this before in some other forums and they speculate that its around 200 watts. The local tech guy in my neighborhood says that its 600 watts. So I went here to ask for your advice.

    My specs are
    Asrock Extreme 7 Gen 3
    Sapphire 7950 OC 3gb
    Corsair Vengeance 8gb forgot the specific model but its the red one.
    Seagate 500gb 7200 rpm (forgot the model)
    I already know the wattage of my monitor and speakers.
    My power supply is a thermaltake tought power 1200 watts

    Yeah i know my PSU is way overkill but thats for future expansions.

    Right now I want to know how much watts this'll take if i just browse the net and type since thats what my work involves and thats what i usually do.

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    You have a system with no CPU ? Nice! I'll assume you're using a 65W Core. At your typical workload your desktop will be using ~120W.
    Could be higher if you're OCing your CPU. During gaming you'll be using over 200W. If this is your whole system I don't think you'll ever see
    it using 300W . So yes, your PSU is a bit overkill.

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    ...600 watts? LOL

    I'd say about 100W in idle, ~150W when browsing the web, and 200-250W when playing games.
    Xeon X3440 @3,1GHz + GTX660 + 2x4GB @1650MHz CL9 + Corsair RM650

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    Quote Originally Posted by mp666 View Post
    You have a system with no CPU ? Nice! I'll assume you're using a 65W Core. At your typical workload your desktop will be using ~120W.
    Could be higher if you're OCing your CPU. During gaming you'll be using over 200W. If this is your whole system I don't think you'll ever see
    it using 300W . So yes, your PSU is a bit overkill.
    Oh yeah I forgot HAHAHAHA. Anyway my CPU is a i5-2500k.

    Wait to set things straight, does this mean that my psu draws that much power from the wall?

    I just want to clarify cause my siblings and I now share my dad's house and plan to bill me for my computer use. I'm an at home worker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenewguy View Post
    Oh yeah I forgot HAHAHAHA. Anyway my CPU is a i5-2500k.
    That was my first guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by thenewguy View Post
    Wait to set things straight, does this mean that my psu draws that much power from the wall?
    No, that depends on the efficiency of the unit. There are devices that will show how much it draws from the wall. Or if you want
    you can roughly add 20% to those values. But a kill-a-watt or some more precise equipment will give you more correct values.

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    No, that depends on the efficiency of the unit. There are devices that will show how much it draws from the wall. Or if you want
    you can roughly add 20% to those values.
    Cant get a kil-a-wat where I'm from. So lets say that I use my computer 11 hours for browsing, typing, and watching videos and about 3-4 hours of gaming. Would it be safe to assume that I average somewhere around 200 watts?

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    I think that's fair.

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