I find myself using my PC a lot more each day and the cost to run it seems fairly high. Below is the specification (taken using Belcarc advisor, hope this is sufficient) - would something as simple as changing the PSU to something with a higher efficiency rating reduce my running costs or is it a combination of components that is the issue? Currently, the PSU is a budget 400W version. The whole system is about 5 years old.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for your responses guys. I have an energy monitor hooked up to my electricity supply, as does my friend. My PC costs more than twice as much per hour to run compared to his. Both similar age systems, his is dual core, mine is quad - is this likely to be the main reason for the cost?
Quickest way to reduce power consumption from what I see is from your monitors, your running 2 monitors which draw 80watts each. For a total of 160w, when I was looking at monitors a year or 2 ago when mine went out it was quite easy to pick up monitors which use 20w and there were a few that used less than that which were in the 22-24in range.
Than the next step would be a good 80 plus certified PSU, mainly for stability reasons of not killing your components if the no name PSU goes kaboom which is not fun trust me I know from experience (it took a few components with it).
This is what I see as would change the most without pretty much buying a new computer. If it cost effective to do, no doubtful. But if you want there is always messing with the power options and putting the computer in standby/sleep/etc when you walk away from it to save some power. And to have the monitors shut off instead of using screen savers when they are inactive, which is what I do.