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Need software to lower my pc's power usage

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December 12, 2012 6:19:35 AM

Hello and greetings,

Last week i saw that i had to pay 400 euro's extra on my electricity bill.

This to me is obviously the computer's fault because i leave it on 24/7 ( my fault ) :-P

Things i did to help myself

1. Installed MSI aps ( phase switching ) for my 560 ti's pcie
2. downclocked my gpu to 400 mhz and 70% off shader speeds ( i will put normal clocks when gaming etc.)
3. Put my computer in hybrid sleep after 10 minutes , hdd off in 10 min etc.

Well thats about it

i was wondering if there is some freeware easy to use software to limit the power my pc is using, perhaps something to take power from the ram and memory

the computer in question is 2550k z68 gtx560ti

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December 12, 2012 6:40:18 AM

There's absolutely no way a PC can get that electricity bill. Even if it works 24/7 at 100% CPU and GPU load, you'd be looking at 250-270 kWh used in a month.

P. S. GPU downclocks automatically, you don't need to do anything yourself.
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December 12, 2012 10:17:27 AM

Are you growing something in the basement?
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December 12, 2012 11:59:07 AM

Sunius said:
There's absolutely no way a PC can get that electricity bill. Even if it works 24/7 at 100% CPU and GPU load, you'd be looking at 250-270 kWh used in a month.

P. S. GPU downclocks automatically, you don't need to do anything yourself.


yeh i know its 50% computer and 50% the electric radiator , but the pc is always on and i cant tweak the radiator
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December 12, 2012 12:02:18 PM

What's the price you pay per kWh?
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December 12, 2012 12:05:31 PM

majestic1805 said:
What's the price you pay per kWh?


i haz no idea =(
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December 12, 2012 12:17:52 PM

I would think it'd be on your bill. It is required on ours here in the States, at least.
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December 12, 2012 12:19:38 PM

Where I live, we pay 0.13 euros per kWh. So if I left PC like yours working 24/7 AT FULL LOAD, it would cost me 32.5 euros for the PC alone. So unless you pay 10 times more for the electricity than me (which I doubt), it's not the PC that's making the bill.
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December 12, 2012 12:24:32 PM

A sudden increase like that would have me believe it to be either an accounting error on their part or they guessed your bill based on previous usage info instead of reading your meter. An increase like that may be worth paying the fee (if any) to have a tech come out and inspect your meter and do a manual reading. This is, of course, speaking from a US side of things. I have no idea about these things on your side of the Atlantic.
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December 12, 2012 12:27:22 PM

It differs from country to country, I guess. Here we take the readings ourselves and provide them during the payment for the last month. Next month, we get a bill according to the readings we gave them a month ago.
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December 12, 2012 12:32:04 PM

I can't think of a single utility here that would go with that model. Too much honor, not enough profit. :p 

Sad, but true.
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December 12, 2012 12:41:02 PM

Hehe, that's how we pay for water too. The meters are inside our home, and they have no access to them, so they cannot take the readings themselves.
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